Monthly Archives: March 2014

Math Volunteers Needed at Operation P.E.A.C.E.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays UUCA volunteers operate a 5th grade math club at Operation P.E.A.C.E.’s afterschool program, located at 542 Boulevard. We need one more volunteer to help us on Tuesdays, and either the same or a different volunteer to help on Thursdays. These at-risk children–many of whom have big problems with their math–live in the Old Fourth Ward, attend the Hope-Hill Elementary School (where UUCA has partnered for over 20 years), and are among the poorest children attending Hope-Hill. Can you help?

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form. In the “How Frequently Can You Help?” field please say whether you can come most weeks, or whether you can only come from time to time.

For more information, please contact Beth Davis ( or 404-687-8641).

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Volunteer on Saturdays to Work with At-Risk Inner City Children

Our friends at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in downtown Atlanta are reaching out on Saturdays to at-risk and neglected children. Their Saturday school aims to promote academic achievement, good character, and self esteem. Big Bethel–one of our partners in the Interfaith Children’s Movement–has asked us to roll up our sleeves and join in this important effort.

Many of the children Big Bethel serves live in the Old Fourth Ward, where UUCA partners with Hope-Hill Elementary and Operation P.E.A.C.E.. Those of us who have seen Big Bethel’s program in action can attest to the value of the work the church is doing on Saturdays with children of all faiths.

Big Bethel’s Saturday program runs from 10 to 3 at the church’s recreational center located at 208 Auburn Avenue. Volunteer reading classroom helpers are needed from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Saturday. Volunteer math classroom helpers are needed from 1 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. No experience is required for classroom helper volunteers.

Math, reading and writing tutors also are needed to work in 50 minute sessions with small groups of students or one-on-one. We are especially interested in experienced tutors who can establish an individualized curriculum for an at-risk student; volunteer tutors who are current, former, or retired teachers are especially welcome.

If you can help, please fill out this form and submit it. If you would prefer to work with children at a certain grade level or range of grade levels, please let us know in Grade Level Preferences; if you don’t have a grade preference, you may leave that field blank. In the “how many Saturdays” field please indicate whether you can come most or all Saturdays every month, or only certain Saturdays, for example, the second and fourth Saturdays. If you have a special interest or talent you would like to share with the children, there is a field for that, too.

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Filed under Help for Homeless and Struggling Families, Hope-Hill Neighborhood Partnership for Academic Excellence

Atlanta: US Capital City of Inequality

A March 5 editorial by Jay Bookman in the AJC calls attention to data showing that Atlanta suffers from the largest disparity in income between rich and poor of any other large US city.

“The questions are why that gap exists, and how it might be closed,” Bookman writes. Having asked the questions, he does not pretend to provide definitive answers. But he observes that extreme inequality is closely associated with isolation and de facto segregation–and that the relevant data prove that positions at the bottom of the income scale are in essence hereditary.

Bookman concludes by observing that

what we see around us today are the results of patterns both in individual lives and in the life of a city that have proved stubbornly resistant to change. And the best catalyst for that change remains a strong teacher in a classroom, opening doors and opening minds, who is supported by a larger community that finds the status quo unacceptable.

That’s us. We find the status quo unacceptable. And that’s why we work with kids at Hope=Hill, Operation P.E.A.C.E., and Big Bethel AME Church. It isn’t always easy. But it’s work that must be done.

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Join the Hunger Walk/Run, in person or vicariously!

This past Sunday, in conjunction with Rev. Makar’s sermon on poverty, UUCA Give-Away-the-Plate went to the Atlanta Community Food Bank

UUCA is involved with the food bank in several hands-on ways in the “Old Fourth Ward” community of downtown Atlanta. 

This coming Sunday, the 2014 Hunger Walk/Run takes place at Turner Field.  UUCA is not fielding a “team” this year, but you can participate in one of two ways….

1)    Walk or Run yourself!  .  As the Food Bank representative described it, it’s a carnival and run/walk at the same time.  Much fun for individuals and families.  Here’s the link:

2)    Support the Operation PEACE team with an online donation.  UUCA is very active with OPEACE and if you donate to that team, they, too, will get some food/financial benefits.  See below:

The WORD From Operation Peace!

I can’t wait to get outdoors, get moving, and have fun, all for a great cause — to help raise much-needed funds for hunger relief in the Old Fourth Ward, and help Operation PEACE continue our work in the community.

I am asking you to help by making a donation. My goal is to raise $1,000 this year so that Operation PEACE can provide our children with healthy and nutritious meals, and make sure no child goes to bed hungry. The youth in our program, like more than 1 in 4 Georgia kids, live in homes where hunger is a regular worry. I want to change that, but I need your help, give today no donation is too small, and the Atlanta Food Bank will match all donations from the Hunger Walk.

It’s fast and easy to make a tax-deductible gift on my behalf. Just click on the link at the bottom of this message to go to my personal fundraising page.  Whatever you can give will help – it all adds up! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

Sincerely, Marcel Benoit, Program Director

Click here to visit my personal page.
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