RAK Week’s A Wrap!
Friday marked the end of the 2018 Random Acts of Kindness Week, and whew! – what an awesome five days! Aside from the enormous amount of fun we had surprising nonprofit staffs all over Chamblee with doughtnuts and other treats, it was basically the best thing ever to see their reactions. Surprise, obviously, but also excitement and gratitude. We are so glad to have been a bright spot in the day of people who work so hard to make life better for others.
In case you missed our social media updates, here’s a quick recap! We started at Senior Connections on Monday, where Development Director Sharon Steele graciously accepted the treats on behalf of their busy executive director, Debra Furtado. Senior citizens often fall through the cracks when it comes to healthcare and we’re hopeful that our outreach efforts with Senior Connections will lead to more older Atlantans getting the vision and hearing care they need to live rich, full lives.
On Tuesday, we headed to Interfaith Outreach Home, where ED Deborah Walker-Little gave us as warm and genuine a reception as we could have hoped for. Because most of the IOH clients were at work, we’re told they enjoyed the doughnuts later Tuesday evening – which is awesome! We’re also excited to report that we’ve already scheduled two screenings for IOH clients in March, so stay tuned for dates and times!
We surprised the staff of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services on Wednesday, and what a wonderful group! Like the Lighthouse, they’re a fairly young group and very passionate about helping their community grow and improve. We loved meeting them and talking about how we can partner to benefit Chamblee. Thanks, CPACS!
It was time to head a little bit south on Thursday, down Buford Hwy. to the Latin American Association. At first, we weren’t sure they’d have time to talk, since the lobby was packed with clients, so we were very pleasantly surprised when LAA’s Special Events Manager Gisella Cattaneo came out to offer an extremely warm welcome. She invited us to exhibit at the LAA health fair this summer and we’re currently in talks to determine how else we can partner. Good times!
We wrapped up the week with a big, satisfying bang on Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, where we spoke with COO and Deputy Executive Director Tiffany Collie-Bailey for over half an hour. Starting in March, the Lighthouse will offer free vision screenings at SVdPG twice a month on the organization’s weekly free-food event. We’re also hoping to join their soon-to-be-launched on-site “pharmacy”!