Promise the Children is a community of activists for children within the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. We are a unifying voice for our faith community to speak and act on behalf of children. We advocate for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children. And we put our faith into action through direct service, working with organizations that serve children in need.

We are committed to a world where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community.

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Next PTC Meeting August 23

Join us for our next Promise the Children meeting on August 23 at 9:00 am at UUCA! 
 
We are a fun dedicated group looking to make a difference in the lives of children.  We have hundreds of volunteers working on a wide range of issues with a single goal — to improve the lives of children.  We have an open quarterly Promise the Children Leadership Team meeting that is open to everyone — mark your calendar and come dream about the possibilities with us!  Contact Beth Stevenson for more information at promisethechildren@uuca.org.

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Join us in … Blessing All Children’s Backpacks!

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August 3, 2015 · 10:40 am

Snack in a Backpack: UUCA Partners with Glenn Memorial to Fight Childhood Hunger in Atlanta.

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Childhood hunger is all too real. Anyone working with children and the issues that concern them understands that poverty and hunger go hand-in-hand. Georgia has the 6th highest rate of childhood poverty in the U.S. and, in 2014, ranked 47th for food insecurity.  More than 1 in 4 of Georgia’s children are food insecure!

School lunch (and breakfast) programs and SNAP programs are critically important in helping to feed the many children living in poverty.  But these programs are underfunded and, combined with limited access to healthy foods, children and their families continue to experience days without adequate or nutritious food.

 
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory has studied food insecurity in various Atlanta neighborhoods. By talking with residents and other organizations, they found that hunger peaks on weekends and in summer months when school meal programs are not available.  Volunteers and staff worked together to develop a program called “Snack in a Backpack” that delivered packs filled with nutritious snacks and non-perishable proteins to children in neighborhoods that Glenn had been working in.  The deliveries were made on Fridays to ensure the children had food for the weekend.  Follow-up research showed that the program was highly valued by families receiving the packs in that the food helped fill gaps in their limited food budgets.
UUCA’s Promise the Children is teaming up to support Glenn Memorial’s “Snack in a Backpack” program this fall. (We already work closely with them with our own UUCA Hope-Hill/Partners in Education work!)  Snack in a Backpack is a great partner activity — Glenn Memorial has wisely sought input directly from the targeted communities and focused attention on improving the efficiency of its program to deliver the right snacks at the right time.  They work closely with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and many volunteers throughout the area.

UUCA is excited to be able to hit the ground running by supporting this fine program.  Look for more details to learn how you and your friends can help support Snack in a Backpack as we schedule dates to fill the packs, and begin collecting donations of money and specific food items used in the program.  If you have any questions, contact Evelyn Brewer at evelyn.brewer@gmail.com or 404-310-9833

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Lunching and Learning! Children and Youth in the Foster Care System

lunch and learnThanks to everyone who helped and the more than 20 people who attended the June 14th Promise the Children Lunch and Learn.  Great turn out, good food and exciting discussion for and about a group of children and young people with great needs. Athens UU David Meyers with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at UGA helped us think more about how we might work to support homeless and foster youth who are moving on to post-secondary education.  Some of our UUCA members with foster care experience added personal expertise and wisdom. St. Bart’s congregation is interested in partnering with us and Jo Mitchell is helping to explore our next steps. Let us know if you are interested in joining us as we figure out some real and effective ways to make a difference! Contact us at promisethechildren@uuca.org.

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Lunch and Learn about Foster Care on Sunday, June 14

Join us!

June 14th at 11:45 am

Room 209/210

… for a light lunch and discussion

about children and youth in the foster care system.

lunch and learnUUCA has a dedicated team working on how we might support foster and homeless children — and this lunch will be for learning and exploring more!

UUCA Families already involved in Foster Care — we especially welcome your presence and wisdom! 

Over lunch we will learn about current experiences, and discuss a new initiative UUCA is invited to partner with to develop a system of support for homeless and foster youth who are moving on to postsecondary education.

Guest Presenter: David Meyers who has many years working with children in the state and is now with the the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.

RSVP to Beth Stevenson – promisethechildren@uuca.org

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Memorial Gifts Honoring Walter Hodges Will Directly Benefit Hope-Hill Students

The HodgesWalter Hodges, who died May 12, was a founder and passionate supporter of UUCA’s 25 year old Partner in Education Project at Hope-Hill Elementary School. For those who want to honor his commitment to children, Walter’s family has selected two excellent non-profits that are working with Hope-Hill kids and families this summer.

“Walt Hodges gave much of his time and energy during retirement to students at Hope-Hill, one of the economically poorest schools in Atlanta, which, sadly, sits two blocks from Martin Luther King’s childhood home,” said Beth Stevenson, chair of UUCA’s Promise the Children service and advocacy coordinating group.

“If you knew Walter, you know he would want those Hope-Hill children to benefit from his memorial gifts,” she said. “So Promise the Children is supporting Alicia Hodges and her family to focus contributions on two local, Hope-Hill neighborhood non-profits that will impact Hope-Hill Children and families immediately.”

Choice 1: Sponsor kids to Mental Fitness’ STEM Summer Camp – five weeks of robotics, physics, math projects and science experiments for Hope-Hill students. Contribute any amount, but as reference, $80 sends one child to science/math camp for one week; $400 for the summer.

Best way to donate: Online using PayPal at www.mentalfitnessatl.org. Or, send your check to Mental Fitness 117 North Town Cove, Stockbridge, GA 30281. *** Note: on PayPal, click on “Add special instructions to the seller” and say it’s in memory of Walter Hodges.

Choice 2: Sponsor families in Boulevard Food Coop’s new (second) cohort of 30 Hope-Hill families learning to feed themselves with healthy food. UUCA helped start this organization last year. It addresses nutrition at a deeper level, with poor mothers and fathers joining for $3 a week and WORKING to make the coop work. Not a handout .. a real hand up. A food coop is NOT a food pantry.

Contribute any amount, but as reference, $20 sponsors one family for one month; $240 for a year.

Best way to donate: online at www.trulylivingwell.com using PayPal. Or, send your check to Truly Living Well, P.O. Box 90841, East Point, GA 30364. *** Note: on PayPal, click on “Add special instructions to the seller”: and say it’s for the Food Coop in memory of Walter Hodges.

Walt Hodges’ memorial service will be Saturday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m. at UUCA.

 

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Have a Field Day! Volunteer at Hope-Hill’s Field Day on May 14 or 15!

field dayGiving new meaning to the phrase, “have a field day,” Hope-Hill is looking for volunteers to help out with the school’s Field Day—actually Field Days—on May 14 and 15.

The school needs 24 volunteers to man “stations,” where the students will take part in activities like water balloon toss and limbo. More volunteers are needed for competitive fun, including relay races and tug-o-war.

Can you volunteer with Hope-Hill pre-K through second grade from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 14, or with third through fifth graders from 9:00 to 1:00 on Friday, May 15?

If so, please contact Angie Lewis of Hope-Hill’s PTA, angela.dhati@gmail.com (with a cc to partnersineducation@uuca.org).

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