Walter 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.