Ways to promote love and kindness in Gwinnett County!
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1) Re-use your grocery bags, fill a container & help keep the water & parks clean!
Click Here for list of Dog Parks in Gwinnett County, GA
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2) Good Neighbor Teen Club (Meets in Norcross)
Who: Teens ages 12-17
What: The Good Neighbor Teen Club is looking for teens, ages 12-17, looking to make an impact in their community. Learn valuable life skills as a member of the Good Neighbor Teen Club at the Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center! As members, teens participate in community projects, discuss teen topics, and receive mentorship from the Atlanta Hawks and other community leaders. As a member of the club, teens will receive mentorship from the Atlanta Hawks, State Farm agents and Lucky Shoals Park staff. Be a part of one of the best teen clubs in town!
When: Monthly: The second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center (meeting room (#115), 4651 Britt Road Norcross, GA 30093 PHONE: 678/277-0860
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3) Knit the Rainbow with Eco-Friendly Crafts (Lawrenceville)
What: “Calling all yarnies! Join us as we stitch handmade winter garments for homeless LGBTQIA+ youth. Eco-Friendly Crafts is an official drop off point for Knit The Rainbow Inc. All are welcome, including beginners!
Join us as we gather to knit and crochet for a cause dear to our hearts. Knit the Rainbow Inc is a non-profit organization in NYC that provides hand stitched warm winter items for homeless LGBTQIA+ youth. No previous knitting or crochet experience is needed, we welcome everyone to help!
We also accept donations of yarn or hand stitched hats, mittens, scarves and socks. There are no requirements on fiber or color.”
This is a recurring event every Wednesday from 6-9pm and Sunday from 10am-noon.
When: Wednesdays 6-9pm and Sundays 10-noon
Where: Eco-Friendly Crafts, 178 E. Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA
4) K.I.R.A. Club (Kids Interested in Rescuing Animals) (Duluth)
What: Animal rescue, compassion, and kindness can and should be taught at a young age. That is why we developed the KIRA Club, in memory of Kira Serisky, a sweet girl who loved caring for orphaned kittens. Thanks to a grant from Orphan Kitten Club and Kitten Lady in Kira’s memory, we started this program to help educate and inspire kids who are interested in rescuing animals. We know this program is making a difference in the lives of these children. It is our hope that they grow up with empathy and understanding of animal welfare.
When: Monthly Meetings: This club has monthly meetings that consist of age-specific crafts or projects, speakers or presentations, and opportunities to meet a few special furry guests. The kids can ask questions and dig as deep into animal rescue as they like!
1) KIRA KITTENS (AGES 5-9) – Parents for children under 10 years old should be present during the meeting, but can utilize our conference room and Wifi as needed.
2) KIRA CATS (AGES 10-17) – The KIRA Cats will explore animal rescue and animal welfare more in depth with opportunities to volunteer in between classes at cat adoption centers and our thrift store. We will discuss opportunities to foster, bottle feed, host donation drives, and/or have rescue field trips during future meetings.
LOCATION: 2860 Buford Highway, Bldg F, Suite 2, Duluth, GA 30096
NEXT STEP: Learn more & sign-up for monthly meetings CLICK HERE
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] (678.561.3491)
5) Host a Book Drive for Building Babies’ Brains Gwinnett
Details: “Help us get books in the hands of Gwinnett’s littlest learners! Books are essential for learning and language development and enhance creativity and imagination in our children’s minds.
NEXT STEP: If you or your organization would be interested in hosting a book drive, please contact us at [email protected]”
Learn More about Building Babies Brains
6) Donate Books to a Generous Care Adult Day Center
Drop off New & Used books before 2pm and after 5pm
Location: Generous Care Adult Day Center, 1180 McKendree Church Rd Suite 107, Lawrenceville, GA, (678) 373-3272 Facebook Link
7) Support Bears Make A DIfference
About Bears Make a Difference: In partnership with Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, Bears Make A Difference is a co-ed baseball league through Mountain View Athletic Association for kids with mental, physical, and/or multiple disabilities. The league’s focus is to give participants a chance to play organized sports close to home.
Our program is designed around building self confidence, friendships, and overall making it fun for participants and their families.
We believe that the physical and emotional benefits for the players, their families, peers, and our community will be amazing!!! Bears Make a Difference Website
How you can help: “A GoFundMe account to help us build a field so our athletes can still have the opportunity to play and have fun and not be so dependent on the weather! Every little bit helps but if you are not in a position to help financially if you could at least share this it would mean the world to us (and feel free to print out and post the flyer anywhere you can)! Thank you ALL in advance and we look forward to posting updates on this journey soon!”
8) Volunteer with iCan Bike Gwinnett 2023
“If we told you that you could change someone’s life this summer in just 75 minutes a day for just 5 days, would you do it? Now’s your chance. You can be the reason someone with a disability learns to ride a bike … goes on a family bike ride for the first time … gets included with the neighborhood kids … finds a new healthy hobby … discovers the self-confidence that comes with developing a new skill. It’s all part of iCan Bike, and volunteers are a FUNDAMENTAL part of this. Sign up today!”
AGE: “Spotters” need to be at least 15 years old (unless accompanied by an adult)
Role: If you want to help, we’ll find a way to make it happen. Cheerleaders, High-Fivers, etc!
When: June 12 – 16, 2023
Where: Summerour Middle School; Norcross, GA
About the Camp: iCan Bike uses research-based methodology and specially trained instructors to teach people with disabilities to ride a bike independently.
9) Donate to Because One Matters
“Imagine being removed from your home at 3am without anything not even your favorite toy; or losing it at the park, or not having a toy at all. Our Wrapped in Love closet provides two toys per child included with other everyday necessities that their families ship for.
It’s easy to take for granted the simple things in life, like toys, but for these children, it’s a luxury they may never know. It made us realize how fortunate we are and how important it is to give back to those in need.
So let’s all do our part to bring a smile to a child’s face and give them the gift of a toy. Because every child deserves to experience the joy and wonder that comes with owning a toy.
Shop our Amazon wish list, host a toy drive or sponsor 2 toys to put a smile on a child’s face today.“
Where: Because One Matters, 480 North Perry, Suite H, Lawrenceville, GA ([email protected])
10) Volunteer at Parkwood Farms Therapy Center
Volunteer Opportunities to work with the Therapeutic Riding program. No experience needed.
What: Volunteers are needed to help with the everyday operation of the facility, in order for Parkwood Farms Therapy Center to run smoothly, maintain the upkeep, and continually improve the programs that can be offered. The center’s volunteers help with grooming and exercising of the horses, keeping the tack room clean and neat, and fulfilling the general upkeep of the barn, arenas, and grounds.
The only requirements are that the volunteer be 14 years of age or older, likes to help others, is dependable & responsible, and has a positive attitude.
Families/Groups: Groups and families are welcome to join in on “Workdays”, designed for everyone to pitch in and give the facility a good “once-over”. These events are always very productive and a lot of fun! Contact the center directly about scheduling your group or organization’s own workday.
Location: 2519 Parkwood Rd, Snellville, GA, United States, Georgia (833-344-6821)
11) School Supply Drive by Gwinnett County Police
“Gwinnett Police will hold a back-to-school supply drive to provide students the supplies they need to achieve excellence during the 2023-24 school year.
Residents are encouraged to drop off donations Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Thursday, June 1 through Friday, July 28 at the Gwinnett County Police Headquarters, Gwinnett County Police Training Center, and all Gwinnett County Police Precinct lobbies.
Learn more by visiting GwinnettCounty.com/SchoolSupplyDrive“
When: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Thursday, June 1 through Friday, July 28
Facebook Event Link
12) Sign your family up for the Because One Matters Inaugural Splash & Dash 5k and Family Fun Day!
This is a family friendly event with a bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting, music, refreshments, raffle, and various vendors.
When: July 29, 2023
Location: Coolray Field 2500 Buford Dr. Lawrenceville, ga 30043
See Details & Register Here
13) Donate children’s books you don’t use any longer.
Gwinnett County has 68 G.R.E.A.T. Little Minds book exchanges throughout Gwinnett County filled with children’s books for kids up to 8 years old.
The books are free, but it’s kindly asked that everyone follow a “take one, leave one” policy as a courtesy.
Visit B2Anywhere.com to:
> find a book exchange location,
> donate books, or
> become a steward this summer!
14) Sign Up Today!
The Jail Dog 5K is being sponsored by Society of Humane Friends of Georgia and will support Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program!
Take the kids (and your dog) to the Fun Run or 5K Run/Walk!
When: September 16, 2023
Where: Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA
SEE MORE HERE
15) Consider a donation to Friends of Gwinnett Seniors so they can help more seniors with home repairs, transportation or emergency assistance!