Our Pebble Tossers community is special. We are proud to connect our 70 nonprofit partners with thousands of our volunteers.
For the immediate future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of in-person service projects have been suspended; however our nonprofit partners and the people they serve are still in need of us all. To view upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit our Service Calendar.
Updated: March 26th, 9am – bookmark this page as it is updated daily
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Helping our community in times of uncertainty can provide a sense of purpose and normalcy. We will be adding daily posts with new ideas, resources and tips.
Our Service Calendar is filling up with specific opportunities for our nonprofit partners – all projects follow social distancing guidelines. They include food box build-outs, delivery opportunities and links to sign-up for Pebble Tossers members and non-members. Please visit the calendar to search for opportunities.
Project 1: Making Cards for Elders
Project #2: Making Lunches for Clyde's Kitchen
Crossroads Community Ministries provides food and clothing to those experiencing homelessness through Clyde’s Kitchen. They need sandwiches or full sack lunches weekdays between 7:30 am – 11:00 am. Please include any combination of the following: sandwich, individually wrapped chips, granola bar, fruit, bottled water.
Deliver to Clyde’s Kitchen at 420 Courtland Street, Atlanta.
Project #3: Seed plantings for Food Well Alliance Community Gardens
Help local community gardens get a start on their spring and summer gardens by starting vegetable seeds in cardboard egg cartons. Start your favorite veggie! Good ideas are cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, herbs, strawberries, and melons.
Click for a link to purchase seeds.
Click for printable instructions.
Project #4: Planting for Pollinators
Alternative National Park Service: The service has launched a new program to help save the pollinators. Due to the importance of pollinators in our changing climate, we are taking the initiative to help restore bee and butterfly populations by offering free Black-Eyed Susan and Butterfly Milkweed seed packs. Order your free seeds and start seeds in cardboard egg cartons and then bring them to plant in our Pollinator Garden along the Atlanta BeltLine.
Project #5: Hand Sanitizer + Food for those Experiencing Homelessness
Intown Collaborative Ministries works to works to prevent and reverse homelessness and hunger in Intown Atlanta by building a healthy community through caring relationships and transformed lives. They have closed their programming but have a dire need for Hand Sanitizer for their clients on the streets. Drop off supplies, including nonperishable foods to the McIver Building at the back of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, 30306. Weekdays 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
Project #6: Kindness Rocks
Drop a little love around town! and while it may need to be modified based on supplies on hand, most of us have an abundant supply of rocks, permanent markers and time! Create some kindness rocks and spread them around your neighborhood. Bonus Points: Include #pebbletossers or #startyourripple on the rock! It’s perfect for social distancing.
Project #7: Making Fabric Masks for Medical Professionals
In an effort to add extra protection for the medical community, a nurse designed this mask which can be worn over the hard to find N95 respirator masks. Pull out a sewing machine and some tightly woven fabric and get crafty. The A.B. Mask pattern is designed to fit in two ways. First, directly over the face, similar to a surgical mask. Second, the pleats expand, allowing the mask to fit over many models of N-95 to provide a protective barrier, in the hope of extending the lifetime of the respirator. All masks should be placed into individual Ziploc bags and delivered to the hospital nearest you. Step by step instructions and an explanation of why these are needed can be clicking here. Click here for simple video instructions.
Project #8: Making No-Sew Blankets
Fleece blankets are used by many different charities for babies, foster children, children in the hospital, those experiencing homelessness, pets and more. This a fun family-oriented project that can be in one day or leave it out and tie a few knots when you pass by!
For instructions, download our How To No Sew Blankets worksheet.
Project #9: Hygiene Kits for the Homeless
SafeHouse Outreach (SHO) is a nonprofit organization that aims to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living. Volunteers are needed to make hygiene kits and then deliver your kits to SafeHouse Outreach. This is a project you and your family will do from home. Please sign-up via the Pebble Tossers service calendar or this link for instructions and more details.
Social Distancing Service Opportunities
Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia
To help provide meals to all students that need one, each county has adopted different practices. Here is the link to a great resource compiled by 11alive with updated information on how you can help!
School Meal Availability during COVID-19 Closure
Red Cross - Severe Shortages
Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Please give now. Visit www.redcross.org to find a blood drive near you.
Fostering Pets – LifeLine Animal Project
Fostering Pets - Humane Society of Northeast Georgia
How to Talk to Your Child about Coronavirus
Answering “why” is not easy, this is a resource provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazine have created a collection to help you ease children’s fears and empower them with age-appropriate information.These teaching resources were carefully prepared by grade-level to help your students understand what is being done to keep them safe and how to prevent germs from spreading.
Scholastic Classroom Magazine Resource
It’s okay to be scared
Norway’s Prime Minister has sought to reassure children worried about the coronavirus by answering their questions at a special children-only press conference.
Check it out Here
Community Outreach and Behavior
A fun and creative list of 101+ ideas to keep kids busy during Sheltering at Home restrictions by Tara Haelle, Forbes.
An informative blog on “Reclaiming the Power of Relationships” by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, PhD, VP of Research and Development, Search Institute
Flexibility for Families during the COVID-19 pandemic – This is another informative blog from Search Institute – Amy K. Syvertsen, PhD, Director of Applied Quantitative Research and Senior Research Scientist
Continued Learning Opportunities
- Georgia Aquarium webcams – Ocean Voyager and more! Also, check out The Aquarium on Animal Planet!
- Zoo Atlanta – Visit the Panda Cam and learn online
- High Museum – Learn online and enjoy these are-making activities to try together. Make Colorful Rubbings from Cool Textures
- Center for Puppetry Arts – Workshops, museum tours, + puppet shows – all free from your own home!
- Fernbank Museum – Take a peek inside the exhibits and experiments at Fernbank with their #museumathome projects.
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – While performances in front of audiences have been suspended, the ASO is hosting watch parties via Facebook and have videos available online of amazing performances.
- Alliance Theatre – Watch their latest production Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed online along with other performances!
Throughout the US and World
- Museum Tours – Travel and Leisure has compiled a list of twelve museums offering virtual tours including the British Museum in London and the Guggenheim in New York City.
- Berlin Philharmoniker – The Berlin Philharmoniker is offering a free 30 day pass for its online digital music hall. Just copy & paste the code “BERLINPHIL” at https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/tickets
- New York Metropolitan Opera – Each evening while The Met is closed they are offering an encore presentation of their Live in HD Series beginning at 7:30pm until 3:30pm the following day (EDT).
- Kennedy Center Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed.