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Everyone has a story to tell and GivingPoint is a great place to share it. All users of GivingPoint are invited to share the story behind their projects, events, causes, supporting others, their volunteer journey, how their civic engagement is affecting them and so much more. 

 

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My GivingPoint Experience

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by: Rahul S.
5/16/17

Hello! I am Rahul Suryadevara, a senior at Walton High School (about to graduate!). I first came to hear of the GivingPoint Institute from friends who were first-year GPI alumni. To say the very least, I was blown away by the community that GPI fosters and by the social entrepreneurs it creates... Read More

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What I Learned From Working In My Community

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by: Alexis C.
5/03/17

Working in different communities around Georgia I learned the importance of helping people. People all around our community have different problems going on in their everyday life that they are not able to get through by themselves. The slightest help could have a big impact on someone and could... Read More

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My Trip to Ecuador

8/18/17

My trip to Ecuador was a real life changing experience. It was a great opportunity being able to help assist in building homes for a community that had no homes. It was also a gray experience being able to interact with the children and learn new things from them as well. Me and my classmates... Read More

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Ruby's Dance Till You Drop

8/18/17

Ruby Kaufman is a young girl who was a diagnosed wth cancer. She started her own fundraiser and the money raised would go to the Rally Foundation, a foundation for childhood cancer research. What inspired Ruby to create this fundraiser was the fact that only 4% of the money that goes to cancer... Read More

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My Volunteer experience #1

8/18/17

My very first volunteer experience was back in the summer of 2014 at a local bakery shop in Clevand, Ohio. There, I helped with cleaning, decorating pastries, and getting the store ready for the next day. Doing this, I picked up many skills on time management, responsibilities, and a little... Read More

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My volunteer experience #2

8/18/17

My second volunteer experience was this past summer at a local hair salon and weave shop. This experience would probably be my favorite once because it more so suited what I would like to do in the future. Even just sweeping the floors and washing the customer hair free of charge I truly enjoyed... Read More

Sparks Event for Class of 2017

8/17/17

The conclusion of the GivingPoint Institute is a bittersweet moment for both the students and the staff.   On one hand, no one is ever sure when the GPI students and GivingPoint staff will all be together in the same room again.   On the other hand, there's a party to be had! That party is our... Read More

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by: Scott S.
8/17/17

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Love Knows No Borders

by: Reese B.
8/10/17

'Love Knows No Borders' is a slogan that was thoroughly used this summer on my mission trip to Guatemala. As my group of 40 induividuals traveled throughout Guatemela City and Antigua in search of helping those living in orphanages and refuge homes, my mindset was completely changed about the... Read More

Project Summary

8/09/17

Hello Giving Point community,   It has been a week since Jasper and I have completed our Ultimate Frisbee Camp in Rural Brazil. We have put in tons of work throughout the year preparing for the project.  Before the camp, I was extremely nervous and scared about how it would turn out. During the... Read More

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HappyFeat Prom

by: Reese B.
8/09/17

I was given the wonderful opportunity last Spring to get out of the Alpharetta bubble and attend a prom for handicapped teenagers 30 minutes away. At first I was hesitant because I had never interacted with them, even though I knew that inside, they are just normal people who want to be loved... Read More

A Passion For Animals

by: Megan T.
8/02/17

When I first came to Zoo Atlanta in June of 2015 to start my week of volunteer training, I had no idea what I was about to experience. I loved animals, but I didn't feel a specific passion for them. Two years later, my thoughts have been revolutionized and a passion has blossomed inside of me.... Read More

Palm Oil

by: Megan T.
8/02/17

A huge topic that I've been able to communicate with the general public about at Zoo Atlanta is palm oil. Palm oil is something that is in almost everything we eat and use, from shampoo to cereal to soda. Unsustainable production of palm oil is destroying rainforests around the earth,... Read More

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Wired Ministries

by: Grace H.
7/27/17

Wired Ministries is an amazing organization which brings the community together all for the cause of volunteering each individual's time and serving the surrounding community is ways that may not be reached on a regular basis. Wired is a week long youth camp in which youth groups from Dothan,AL... Read More

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My expirence at NFCC and how it has affected me.

by: jake e.
7/27/17

North fulton comunity charities is an orginazation that helps people that are stuggling with there residency gain a little bit of extra help as well as providing some food that is donated by stores, companies and individuals. While volunteering I had the oppurtunity to see how other people in my... Read More

CHOA impact

by: Haley B.
7/11/17

Since before I could remember, I've always been really drawn to healthcare. Helping people and patient interaction is something that I do by heart. This club has taught me so much about getting involved and how to get exposure in the medical field while still in high school. I've really grown... Read More

Sand cloud Marine wild life safety

by: Haley B.
7/11/17

Sand Cloud is an organization that I recently joined and couldn't be happier, At first, I was skeptical, but the more I researched, the more I realized how much they give back to the marine community. The company is eco-friendly and donates 10% of its profits to a variety of sea animal welfare... Read More

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Standing Rock #NODAPL--Barry Commoner's "Four Laws of Ecology" applied to Standing Rock

by: Hannah J.
6/22/17

By exploiting the land, people, and culture of the Indian community in the city of Birsmarck, North Dakota the government is exploiting the environment as a whole, to produce wealth.

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Nursing Home Experience

by: Ariana J.
5/25/17

I'm Ariana Jumelle. I attend Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia. I've had multiple opportunities working with people all around my city! Volunteering at nursing homes, making sandwiches for the homeless, toy drives for children, my church and even community service around my school community... Read More

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Stop Cyber-bullying!

by: Ariana J.
5/25/17

Cyber-bulling refers to harassing people over the internet or electronic devices. Via email, text messaging, cell phones, social media, and blogs are different forms of cyber-bullying. Some cyber-bullies post videos and pictures on social media then comment mean things under them. Some cyber-... Read More

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My story

5/20/17

Im a small young lady with a big heart!. I have done so much more than helping the homeless I was always that person who see people that need I will give. I'm not the person that will just leave knowing someone I can help is in need for anything​. I have been involved with JROTC PROGRAM for four... Read More

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Service cord

5/20/17

I went to a place called Santa's village. We organized toys for the children that was receiving them later on that week. As we ran around in groups putting the toys together we were all having fun and enjoying the time we where spending helping the kids smile as they get their toys. One little... Read More

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What was your favorite volunteer experience?

by: jordan g.
5/18/17

My favorite volunteer experience would be when I volunteered to help youth at the boys and girls club. I would consider this my favorite volunteer experience because this to me wasn't just another job to get hours but I really enjoy working with them and getting attached to them. I felt like I... Read More

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my plan to continue giving back after high school

by: mayria m.
5/18/17

The way I plan to continue giving back after high school is by making sure that the kids in my community has somewhere to go after they get out of school or during the summer. Also I can talk to the head person of the center at the park near me to see what I need to do in order for the kids to... Read More

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Good Advice for Finances:

by: Zeke T.
5/18/17

What is FINANCIAL LITERACY: the understanding and logistical knowledge of how to use and what to do with your money! I have recently been introduced to the idea of having a 0 credit score and being able to afford anything in life without the use of a credit card and use of borrowing money. They... Read More

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Atlanta, The Hub for Human Trafficking

by: Zeke T.
5/18/17

The concept of modern day slavery is all too real, the idea of someone being whipped and beaten to serve someone is not a reality like it was in the South in the 19th century, although, slavery is an existent thing. It is now taken the form of human trafficking, a performed kidnapping that often... Read More

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Cheer at the YMCA .

5/17/17

I am proud to be a cheer coach. The opportunity to impact youth’s lives through cheerleading brings me fulfillment. When I was in the 9th grade, a woman by the name of Meagan Henry asked me if wanted to join a competitive cheer program at my local YMCA. Although I was very active in my YMCA... Read More

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International Serivce

5/17/17

While I was in South Africa this summer, the youth asked an array of questions pertaining to American teens. The most frequent question I received was “Do you drive a nice car?” After answering the question the last time, I then asked the youth “Why do they believe all American teens are rich... Read More

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o What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

by: biance c.
5/16/17

My favorite volunteer experience was when I helped my family pass out socks and fruit on national Homelessness day. My stepdad started a nonprofit called saving soles through that he collect and pass out new shoes to homeless people. Other the past couple of years he has been collecting g men's... Read More

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My GivingPoint Experience

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by: Rahul S.
5/16/17

Hello! I am Rahul Suryadevara, a senior at Walton High School (about to graduate!). I first came to hear of the GivingPoint Institute from friends who were first-year GPI alumni. To say the very least, I was blown away by the community that GPI fosters and by the social entrepreneurs it creates... Read More

Bullying IS NOT cool!!

5/16/17

Bullying is no longer about the strong picking on the weak. Bullying has been replaced by a 24 hour per day, seven days a week online monster. This monster has a name – cyberbullying. Bullying IS NOT cool!!  

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Giving Back After High School

5/16/17

Helping my community while I was in high school has been fun and very good eye opener but I continue to keep helping my community after I leave high school. Helping my community is fun because I get to help a lot of people that I know and some that I don't know but it's all about helping change... Read More

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Thanksgiving Food for Families in Need

5/15/17

In 21st Century Leaders we had an opportunity to help families who needed food to enjoy their Thanksgiving break  but could not afford to. It really broke my heart to know that, that many students in our school needed something to eat. It was a very scary wake up call to me because I now... Read More

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Volunteer Blog

5/15/17

During the school hours, I was a leader by being a caregiver at a nursing home. I was a caregiver to teach and help older people to do things that could not do things for themselves. I fed them and gave them medications all while talking to them to see how they were doing. This is one of the... Read More

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First time I Volenteered

by: JORDAN G.
5/15/17

My very first time volunteering was near my very first daycare center. It was a middle school that didn't have a very much appealing environment. While at the middle school the first thing we did was rebuild the playground that was in the back of the school. We laid pine straw out and placed... Read More

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The First Time I Volunteered

by: Simone O.
5/15/17

The first time I volunteered I saw that there are so many people in the Atlanta area alone that homeless and unemployed. I felt like the simple sack lunch was not enough to help people because after it runs out then what. I wish there were opportunities just for homeless so they could get back... Read More

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The First Time I Volunteered

by: Gloria K.
5/15/17

The first time I volunteered was with my aunt. Her company volunteers with Hands on Atlanta so she decided to bring me to volunteer with her. We went to clean up at an International School that is about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta. We picked up trash around the school and in the trail behind... Read More

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Blog

5/15/17

I want to make an impact by helping people. I love to help my family and care for their needs. At home I help them with a variety of things because I love to help people. I have four siblings; their ages are four, five, six, and ten. Because I have always helped my family, I want to be in a... Read More

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Giving Back

by: Jajuan H.
5/15/17

I used to volunteer at a sports clinic for elementary and middle school students. We trained them in basketball, football, soccer, tennis, baseball and golf. I wanted to get these kids involved and develop a passion for these sports, as well as gain teaching experience and learn to work with... Read More

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How did I feel afterwards

by: JORDAN G.
5/15/17

While  at this community service event at the Early learning center I had helped little kids with multiple things. Helping kids with reading books and activities really made me realize how important it is to start education at a young age. This really changed me to helping out my little brother... Read More

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The First Time I volunteered

5/15/17

The time I volunteered was at a all men's tennis tournament that takes places every year in July. Not only did I get to volunteer I also got to experience the wonderful skills of our pro male tennis players.It was a very hot summer and the sun was beaming on my face and practically my whole body... Read More

First Ever Service Activity

by: Jalen L.
5/15/17

My first service activity involved assisting the Front Office at Drew Charter's Elementary campus. For the time being, my assignments were mostly running errands for teachers and helping serve the younger students their snacks during After-School period. But, one day I was assigned to help out... Read More

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Leadership

by: Jajuan H.
5/15/17

While doing the community service it taught me what leadership was. Leadership is the ability to positively influence others, follow your own path and create your own standards without letting others sway your idea of right and wrong. It’s not changing who you are and where you want to go in... Read More

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Favorite Volunteering Experience

by: Gloria K.
5/15/17

My volunteering experience would be when I spent a week in Liberia, Costa Rica. We were there to paint a mural at a high school. We learned a lot about the culture and shared some of our own culture. I also got to go zip lining which I never thought I would do. I also got an opportunity to hike... Read More

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favorite volunteer experience

by: mayria m.
5/15/17

My favorite volunteer experience was when I had helped out my community by cleaning up the community park. The reason why that is mu favorite is because I got a chance to make my community park a better for the little kids. Another reason why is because I got a chance to help out my community to... Read More

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What I learned

5/15/17

The first time I volunteered to feed the hungry I traveled into the most prominent ad populated area. This area was crawling with homeless and chronic hunger. I was surprised to discover that the people that we were serving were the most particular and picky individuals. We tried to give them... Read More