Over two decades ago UUCA decided to become a catalyst for educational improvement in Atlanta’s inner city. Our partnership with Hope-Hill Elementary School, located in the Old Fourth Ward, is twenty years old this year. In addition to our tutoring and other efforts at Hope-Hill, we work in partnership with other faith communities and local institutions, including Operation P.E.A.C.E. and the Saturday outreach program for children at Big Bethel AME Church.
At Hope-Hill UUCA members and friends work one-on-one with many academically challenged students. For other students, we offer after-school enrichment programs. Some of our members enjoy reading to young children. Some work as classroom helpers. Some come for special events, like judging the Academic Fair, participating in Dr Seuss Day, or helping out at the Fall Festival.
In 2012, when the redistricting process in Atlanta posed a challenge for Hope-Hill, we joined with our friends and partners in the Old Fourth Ward to advocate a just and appropriate outcome to that process.
We have also become strong supporters of Operation P.E.A.C.E., which offers after-school care and a Summer Academy that are free for parents. Operation P.E.A.C.E. serves many children in need, and we are happy that we have been able to support their efforts both as volunteers and as financial supporters.
Big Bethel AME Church, located on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta, also serves children in need through its Saturday outreach program. UUCA members volunteer in that program as well, and assist in other ways.