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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 favorite volunteer experience

by: Bianca B.
2/19/18

On December 2, 2017, I participated in the United Way-Holiday Care Package event. It is my favorite event because I was able to use my creativity to decorate the care packages. There was great music, and a friendly environment.

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First Volunteer Experience

by: Bianca B.
2/19/18

My first volunteer experience was with Books For Africa. I packed and separated books according to grade level and subject. I learned that not everybody has the well-conditioned books that we have in America. 

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Miracle League

by: Dylan S.
2/17/18

Over the past few years, I have been able to participate in Young Men's Service League with some of my friends. One of my favorite philanthropies is Miracle League. At Miracle League, I get paired with a kid with a disability. My favorite part of the day is seeing how happy the kids are to be... Read More

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Habitat for Humanity

by: Dylan S.
2/17/18

Habitat for Humanity is a great philanthropy offered through Young Men's Service League. You spend from 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m. building homes for qualified people. There is a process they go through to make sure they are ready to be a homeowner. They also help us build which is pretty cool because... Read More

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My Best Community Service Experience

by: Aviel B.
2/15/18

My favorite community service experience was working with Community and Schools. They had several events that I enjoyed helping them with such as NBA (  Never Been Absent) . We made snow cones for the students at Maynard Jackson Highschool. The students were so elated while they waited in line... Read More

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Discrimination

by: Aviel B.
2/15/18

In my lifetime I have faced numerous occasion of discrimination based off my color of my skin. Plenty of people don't really understand the meaning of discrimination and that's where confusion come in. It is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things,... Read More

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Behind the scenes of Maynard Jackson Production of The Wiz

by: Maia P.
2/15/18

I have always liked theater. I was never really able to stay after school to help the theater department because i stayed after for tutorial almost everyday. When my grades got to where i wanted them to be, i simply asked Ms. Edwards if i could help paint some of the props. That lead to brushing... Read More

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Future Vet, At Your Service!

by: Maia P.
2/15/18

If you know me, like TRULY know me, you would know my passion for becoming a Veterinarian. Everyone keeps telling me how many more years of school thats going to be and i get it ; Thats a lot of school, money, and time for someone that has a 50/50 percent chance of actually becoming a vet. Even... Read More

Community Contributions After High School

by: Tedra F.
2/14/18

Throughout high school, I have had the pleasure of serving my community and other communities around me. I truly enjoy giving volunteering in every way and plan to continue after high school. Focusing on our youth is a huge passion of mine. In my county, there are little to none positive... Read More

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Special Olympics

2/13/18

The Special Olympics is something that Atlanta Public Schools do every year with JROTC volunteers from all schools. This year will be my fourth year participating. We each get a student within the APS Special and we participate with students in the events. Each student wins no matter what place... Read More

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Special Olympics

2/13/18

The Special Olympics is something that Atlanta Public Schools do every year with JROTC volunteers from all schools. This year will be my fourth year participating. We each get a student within the APS Special and we participate with students in the events. Each student wins no matter what place... Read More

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Special Olympics

2/13/18

The Special Olympics is something that Atlanta Public Schools do every year with JROTC volunteers from all schools. This year will be my fourth year participating. We each get a student within the APS Special and we participate with students in the events. Each student wins no matter what place... Read More

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Special Olympics

2/13/18

The Special Olympics is something that Atlanta Public Schools do every year with JROTC volunteers from all schools. This year will be my fourth year participating. We each get a student within the APS Special and we participate with students in the events. Each student wins no matter what place... Read More

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Special Olympics

2/13/18

The Special Olympics is something that Atlanta Public Schools do every year with JROTC volunteers from all schools. This year will be my fourth year participating. We each get a student within the APS Special and we participate with students in the events. Each student wins no matter what place... Read More

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What have you learned while working in your community?

by: Imani B.
2/11/18

I learned how to be a leader and take initiative by volunteering in my neighborhood at the elementary school. I did this to improve student literacy and numeracy. I got to interact with the students and watch them grow. My main goal is to strengthen their reading skills as well as prepare them... Read More

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Describe your first volunteer experience and what you learned.

by: Imani B.
2/11/18

My first volunteer experience was with the JROTC program. I participated in the Junior Achievement day at the elementary school. I interacted with the 1st graders and taught them about counting money and the importance of financing and saving. This first community service act taught me that I... Read More

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My Favorite Community Service Activities

by: Jay B.
2/11/18

My favorite community service activity was Santa's Village and the Empty Stocking Fund. The JROTC cadets of Atlanta go out to raise money for people less fortunate to have a better future. a few weeks later, some of the cadets go out to help organize and distribute the items bought with the... Read More

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What I Learned While Volunteering

by: Cole A.
2/10/18

During my time volunteering, I was able to experience the joy of giving. There's much more to volunteering than just earning some award or a thanks. The time spent for your community is the most important part of a citizens responsibility. There is so much to gain for just a few hours of working... Read More

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How I Plan To Give After High School

by: Cole A.
2/10/18

During my high school and middle school career I was actively involved in the Boy Scouts. This is where I learned to give back and serve the community. My whole family has been dedicated to volunteering and it has become a hobby for us to help out others. It is crucial to me to continue this... Read More

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My First Volunteer Experience

by: Jay B.
2/10/18

My first volunteer experience was tutoring Biology students on Saturday mornings. At first, I was a little regretful about volunteering to wake up at 8 AM on a Saturday. As the morning went on, I began to enjoy myself. It had nothing to do with what I was teaching, but it was knowing that I was... Read More

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My Best Community Experience!

2/09/18

I am a high school African American with nine siblings. During my high school tenure, I have been able to find something that really interest me -community service. I have volunteered at multiple places around my community, but my favorite community service experience was with a non profit-Hope... Read More

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How Volunteering has benefitted Me...

by: Grace H.
2/09/18

By volunteering and serving in my community, I have grown to love serving those around me. I have had the opportunity to meet many new people and go places I would have never been able to do. I am very thankful that my parents pushed me to volunteer with organizations like the Mayor's... Read More

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My Volunteering Experience

by: niasha w.
2/09/18

During my volunteering activities, my favorite experience was working with others create something unique. In theater class we worked on projects like musicals and live game shows.Something that i learned while working with the theater department was that you can be yourself and show your... Read More

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My 2nd Volunteering experience

by: niasha w.
2/09/18

My volunteering experience with teachers have been so far great. My favorite experience would be with my sociology teacher, helping her grade papers and etc. I have learned that helping people improves an individual while also improving the person that is being helped.

My Favorite Volunteer Experience

by: Tedra F.
2/09/18

During the summer of 2017, my cousin and I mentored 3 kids from my neighborhood in South Georgia. This trip was one I never experienced and one I won't forget. We traveled from Glennville, GA to Atlanta, GA to Ahoskie, NC. In Ahoskie, NC we spent a week in cabins with no WiFi, performed various... Read More

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My Experience As a Samaritan

2/09/18

My first volunteer experience was in the summer of 2016 and it was helping the incoming pre-kindergarten students. I did not know what to expect on the first day I volunteered to help. The teacher gave me options on things I could help with which I quickly worked on. I was able to help the... Read More

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Out of the goodness of my heart

2/09/18

Personally, I do not have a favorite volunteer experience because I liked both of my volunteer experiences equally. I can honestly say that throughout my life I have never really had patience towards children, but ever since I started helping out with pre-kindergarten students I have gained a... Read More

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Camp Celo

by: Julia H.
2/05/18

Volunteering at Camp Celo was truly a life changing experience. I lived at among the mountains for four weeks, waking up bright and early to help keep the camp running smoothly. As a volunteer (or Helper as we were called) we would help prepare food for the campers, clean the kitchen and... Read More

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Courtyard

by: Julia H.
2/05/18

I loved helping make the Grady courtyard a more visually and physically appealing place. With the Grady High School Arts and Drama community we created more seating spaces in the form of a patio. We also installed a sculpture piece. It feels great to know that I had a hand in leaving a good mark... Read More

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Wealthy Queens Movement

1/31/18

My experience as a Wealthy Queen Movement Volunteer was amazing  because I got a chance to follow my dream which was to always give back to the homeless  & comfort and inspire them with love , and motivation . As I volunteered  I passed out food ,blankets ,tooth brushes and many more items... Read More

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STEM Camp Counselor

1/31/18

I was a camp counselor at an all girls STEM camp. This was my first time being a camp counselor and I didn't know what to expect. The first week went smooth and I really enjoyed myself. During the month, I ordered school supplies, made copies , created a bulletin board and hosted new family... Read More

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Cheer Camp Counselor

1/31/18

I used to be a rec center cheerleader so it was different helping all-star cheerleaders. During this week , I was a junior camp counselor at the cheer camp. I taught the girls a cheer, helped them with their jumps and motions. I also attended tumbling classes.

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Brazil 2007

by: Tyler H.
1/26/18

I was eight years old when I had my first volunteer experience. My family and I went with our church on a mission trip to Fortaleza, Brazil. I was a child, so I was not allowed to help rebuild homes, instead I helped out with Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. I met lots of families in the... Read More

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After High School

by: Tyler H.
1/26/18

Once I have graduated from Grady High school I plan to continue to give back to my community by volunteering at local animal shelters. I have always had a deep love for animals and have grown up with lots of pets. Right now I have two dogs who I won't be able to see them as much when I am away... Read More

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Beta Club Care Packages

1/25/18

For this community service project, the Beta Club Members and I gathered and donated lots of hygiene products fort he homeless. We had scheduled a special day for the community to come down and donate but we encountered a snow day which got in the way of our Donation setup. We didn't let that... Read More

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My Experience of Community service in JROTC

1/24/18

Hello, My name is Corliss Stinson and today I'm going to talk about my experience of community service while in the ROTC program. while in the ROTC program I participated in many activities they had going on.

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For the kid in all of us Volunteer

1/24/18

For the kind in all of us Volunteer program. During the summer time my grandma was volunteering at this place on ponce de leon, and she asked me she said Corliss you wanna come help give children school supplies for school this year and bookbags. for a moment i thought about it and i said sure... Read More

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What I learned during and after my community service

1/22/18

I loved my experience with volunteering at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School because I learned how to work with children. I still go there even though I'm finished with my community service hours, just out of the kindness of my heart. The relationships with the staff are perfect, I see that they... Read More

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Special Equestrians: What I Learned from a Horse and a Four Year Old Boy

by: Reid S.
1/16/18

Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, en route to earning the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, I spent many Saturday mornings at Rising Hope Farms volunteering in their Special Equestrians program. Working side by side with trained horses and hippotherapists, I assisted young children... Read More

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Filling a Void with BINGO!

by: Reid S.
1/16/18

  I was eleven when my grandfather died. Though I was the second youngest of 22 cousins, I was closer to him than the rest. We just always connected on a special level, with our love of sports, fishing and the outdoors. My grandfather taught me how to rig a fishing reel, look for signs of beaver... Read More

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SEAT BLETS ON

by: Nora E.
1/11/18

 We have all heard the excuses before, 'It's uncomfortable, I'm only going around the corner', I'd rather be thrown out of a car than be stuck in a seatbelt,' and my favorite, 'I'm a good driver I don't need to wear one.' Well you may be a good driver but there are situations beyond your control... Read More

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Hoilday Kits

by: Nora E.
1/10/18

       This project was one of the most incredible I have put my hands to. I'm part of Beta Club where we organize community projects and since it was the holidays we deicide to come up with some great service. During November to December we had to donate any mini go to kits for homeless for... Read More

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Anti Cyberbullying

12/22/17

Cyberbully is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. i know how bad bullying can get. People may even think about suicidal thoughts. No one should ever feel like or even get bullied. why? because you may never know what that person could be going... Read More

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Car Safety

12/22/17

When you’re behind the wheel of a car, whether alone or with passengers, driving safely should always be your top concern. We’re more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road. You should never text while drive. That'... Read More