Service is the cornerstone of the Pebble Tossers mission. Through service, we empower and equip the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. The serve resources outlined here provide a variety of opportunities for Pebble Tossers to develop their compassion, curiosity, creativity and connections that will move them forward to leadership and success.
National Public Lands Day Virtual Events
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is September 26.. The theme for NPLD 2020 is “More Ways to Connect to Nature.” National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. In addition to the standard NPLD programming, this year’s celebration will include virtual events designed to connect the public to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public lands sites. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is hosting a Facebook LIVE at 10 a.m. EDT on Saturday, September 26, as they kick off another successful NPLD! This Virtual Signature Event will feature guest speakers from NEEF as well as the main event—a “virtual road trip,” featuring musical performances at some of America’s most scenic public lands sites! Click here for ways to participate virtually. Pebble Tossers will celebrate the day with our BeltLine Beautification Project.
READMarathon Volunteer Coaches
Oct. 6 – Nov. 1, 2020
READMarathon is Share the Magic Foundation’s Fall Reading Challenge designed to capture the fun and excitement of the marathon season that traditionally takes place across the country, October through November. The goal of READMarathon is for students to build reading stamina. Even with COVID-19, students can still race to read 850 minutes in just 26.2 days!
What Volunteers Will Do:
Volunteers will register to participate as a Virtual ReadMarathon Coach from October 6th, 2020 through November 1, 2020. Volunteers should be 14 and older. Each volunteer will be assigned to an educator (typically a teacher) and a class in one of two schools: Dresden Elementary or Harper Archer Elementary School.
As a ReadMarathon Coach you will be asked to do some of the following tasks virtually. For more details on this opportunity click here.
• Assist your educator in recording student’s reading minutes
• Develop inspiration for your team to encourage students throughout the race
• Develop encouragement for students that are falling behind in the race
• Participate in weekly virtual read aloud with your team.
How to register: The opportunity appears on the Service Calendar for Oct. 6 because this is the first day of the program. You must commit to volunteer for the entire program. Pebble Tossers volunteers simply register for that date to participate. Click here to register.
Provide a Meal for Covenant House Georgia
Covenant House Georgia is more than a shelter. They provide more than a bed and a meal for youth experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking; they show unconditional love and give comprehensive support so that their youth can and will realize their fullest potential. Covenant House is in need of volunteers to prepare and share meals throughout the week. This is a wonderful opportunity for families, groups, and individuals to impact the lives of youth experiencing homelessness. Visit Pebble Tossers Service Calendar for more details on how to participate.
Craft Projects from Home
The Atlanta Habitat For Humanity has suspended on-site volunteering, but volunteers can still support them through remote serve from home opportunities. Volunteers can build their own hands-on projects at home for an Atlanta Habitat homebuyer. Complete a small craft project at home (click below for building templates) and donate it to a new Atlanta Habitat homebuyer or the ReStore. Kids can help too! All volunteers must complete the Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Preference form to be paired with a current homebuyer. Pebble Tossers members can register for this opportunity by clicking here.
Projects ideas include: Click below for instructions
• Platform bird feeder
• Tool caddy
Sewing Fabric Masks
In an effort to add extra protection for the medical community and others, a call to action has been sent out to communities worldwide to make masks. There are many templates and opportunities to make masks for yourself, your family, those with a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and the medical community. Click here for project details, to register and locations to donate masks.
Create Art Kits for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Throughout the years, Children’s has relied on families, individuals and groups for a variety of donations for their patients and families. Since volunteers can’t visit in person to host activities for the families they are accepting Art Kits that you can create from home. The Art Kits help the patients briefly escape their situation by allowing them to focus on creative and fun activities. Click here to register and for more information.
Suggested Items to include in the art kits: (make sure all items are brand new) Once you have all of your items put them in a gallon size Ziplock Bag.
• Crayons (8-24 count packs)
• Coloring Books (Kid and advanced)
• Non-permanent Markers (8-12 count packs)
• Colored Pencils (8-24 Count Packs)
• Glue Sticks
Helping Mamas at Home Toolkit
This is one of the best ways to volunteer for Helping Mamas from your home is to create kits! Our partners and families love to receive kits, and it is a great way to connect with the mothers and children in need.
Our nonprofit partner Live Thrive Atlanta developed a fun and easy way to actively engage kids in recycling.
National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful has issued an urgent call for Americans to properly dispose of cleaning supplies and PPE. Click here to learn more.
Virtual High Fives
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is one of the nation’s largest pediatric systems in the nation and is a nonprofit. Due to COVID19, they have cancelled patient group activities and restricted visitors. CHOA has come up with a way that volunteers can show the patients and staff they have people cheering them on and supporting them.
CHOA is now accepting virtual messages from volunteers for patients and healthcare workers. The staff will happily pass the messages along to their staff and patients to see. Click here to send a virtual high five, a funny joke or a message of encouragement. These messages will scroll on the closed-circuit TVs located throughout the hospital and in the patients’ rooms.
NOTE: This project can be done on any day. To help our members record service hours we have listed this project on several different days. It doesn’t matter which day you actually register for with Pebble Tossers.
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 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Sandwiches should be meat and cheese only and placed in ziploc bags. If you would like to put together full sack lunches, you can add any combination of chips, fruit, cookies, crackers, granola or protein bars, and bottled water or small boxed fruit juices. Other needed items include wet wipes, hand sanitizer, mustard/mayo packets and napkins. These items may also be donated individually. Send an email to email@example.com to schedule your sack lunch. Deliver to Clyde’s Kitchen at 420 Courtland Street, Atlanta.
Make “Happy Mail” (notes for kids and or birthday cards) for families served by Action Ministries.
Make or deliver to:
4025 Welcome All Road
Atlanta, GA 303049
Pack From Home
Build SuperPacks (meal packs) from your home for kids and families served by Action Ministries. Purchase items, package meals and drop off at Action Ministries Click here for list of items needed and more details.
Food Well Alliance Community Gardens
Looking to grow your own food to donate to the community? Foodwell Alliance has resources to help you with every stage of growing food, including compost, plant care, seed saving and growing safely in the city.
Click here to learn more about how you can participate in Food Well Alliance’s Community Garden programs.
Alternative National Park Service (ANPS)
The service has launched a new program to help save the pollinators. Due to the importance of pollinators in our changing climate, the ANPS is 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 for our next Atlanta BeltLine project.
LifeLine Animal Project still need fosters for medium and large dogs for four-to-six weeks. As of April 2nd, over 1300 animals have been placed in foster homes or have been adopted!! Way to go!
Fostering Information – LifeLine Animal Project
Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is looking for help with fostering for 1-2 weeks to temporarily reduce the number of animals in the building. If you are interested in fostering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Meal Shopping + Delivery
Concrete Jungle has started a grocery delivery service for food pantry clients who are quarantined or who have higher health risks. Help provide food to neighbors in need who are quarantined.
Consider volunteering to team up with a family to provide groceries for one or more weeks. This means you would purchase groceries and deliver to the family’s house, with no contact to protect you and the recipients. Fill out this form and be sure to mark at the bottom that you would like to team up with a family.