Our Pebble Tossers community is special. We are proud to connect our 70 nonprofit partners and serving from home projects 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: May 18th, 12:00pm – 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: Inspiring Messages to Elderly + Staff
This is an ongoing project with our partner, A.G. Rhodes. Per their request, we’ve switched from making cards and mailing them, to asking volunteers to send via email encouraging pictures, letters, drawings, pictures of sidewalk chalk messages/banners, anything creative you can come up with that will brighten an elders day. Also the A.G. Rhodes’ staff are working extremely hard under very difficult circumstances as they take care of the residents and keep them safe. They are so fortunate to have such dedicated, loving staff but even they could use some encouraging words to let them know their work is appreciated. For details and the email, please sign-up for the project here.
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.
An additional opportunity:
Plant a Row for the Hungry: Now is time to start Spring gardens. If you’re already working in your garden, you can plant an extra row of food to be donated to a local nonprofit, or member of your community that needs food. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org, we can give you more details about safety precautions and finding donation sites. A few local organizations are holding Plant Sales and Plant Sale Pre-Orders – you can support small businesses and plant some food!
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 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.
Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals is a new website with loads of information to help you get started. The handy FAQ provides helpful answers. This movement is protected under Good Samaritan Laws. You are not liable for end use of the masks if you are volunteering to sew, however, we recommend you make the best version of the mask you can!
Northside Gwinnett is asking that all interested sewers to please use material provided by the hospital. It can be picked at the Northside Hospital Gwinnett HR office located at 100 Medical Center Blvd., MOB 100, Suite 115. The point of contact for fabric pick up will be Katrina Stone: 770-722-2629 or email@example.com
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! Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will organize delivery of all blankets to our nonprofits in need.
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.
Project #10: Writing letters to Frontline Workers
Letters of Love was formed so that people can write letters to frontline workers (healthcare, delivery ppl, etc) online and they will print them out and deliver them. An easy way to share some love! These front-liners include health care workers, grocery store clerks, US Postal Service, small business owners, or any others you can think of. When writing your letter you will be asked to specify which group you want to send you letter to! Your letters will be delivered by LOL to their specified locations or virtually sent if needed. LOL will let you know when your love is on it’s way!
Project #11: Create a Scavenger Hunt for neighbors
This is a great way to entertain your neighbors from a safe distance. Hide (not too hidden) items throughout your front yard and post a dry erase board or chalkboard out front with the list so your neighbors can look and find but don’t have to touch!
Project #12: Recycling Scavenger Hunt
Our nonprofit partner Live Thrive Atlanta developed a fun and easy way to actively engage kids in recycling. Once they reopen, they’ll take the items you collect (remember to do so safely!).
Project #13: Making Cards for Healthcare Workers, Staff + Others
Break out the construction paper, colored pencils, scissors and more to create inspiring cards to send those that are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a how-to sheet providing all of the details as well as lists of organizations with mailing addresses.
Project #14: 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.
Social Distancing Service Opportunities
Volunteer Tutor for Title 1 Students
UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income high school students in the US with live, volunteer coaches (that’s you!) any time they need it. Their volunteer experience was designed to be ultra-flexible because they believe it should be easy for awesome people like you to help students succeed. You can help students from anywhere with an internet connection: whether that be from your desk at work or from the comfort of your couch!
Middle School and High School students needing a little extra tutoring during virtual learning can click here.
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
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
Fostering Pets - Humane Society of Northeast Georgia
Send a Meal to Your Local Hospital
The Meal Bridge is a website newly created to connect local hospitals with nearby restaurants that will deliver meals during appropriate shifts. By enabling participating hospitals to post daily shifts open to meal donations and local restaurants providing take-out meals, The Meal Bridge hopes to simultaneously generate needed business for restaurants and feed our brave healthcare workers. Check them out – order food – keep our healthcare workers fed and support the foodservice industry. It’s a win-win!
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
NPR created a comic to help kids understand what’s going on with COVID-19 – Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus . You can create your own printable comic strip too!
The World Health Organization has some great Myth-busters for many incorrect facts about COVID-19. They share graphics, videos and How To sheets on their website and offer insights for parents on healthy parenting.
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
Have increased anxiety about the global pandemic? Don’t let anxiety take over your life with these seven important steps from Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University.
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
Are you a student headed to college in the next few years? StudentVoice is an organization calling for colleges and universities to eliminate standardized testing requirements to promote equitable access to college applications amidst the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates pre-existing inequities in college access, it is critical that urgent action is taken to ensure low-income, minority and other underrepresented student groups have equitable access to the admissions process. Already, evidence shows that race and income impact performance on standardized tests, and COVID-19 will only exacerbate these inequities.
Keep America Beautiful
Continued Learning Opportunities
- Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is providing free virtual bike classes for a refresher to anyone riding bikes on the streets. Register for a “live” class on Wednesdays between April 1 – May 6.
- Georgia Aquarium webcams – Ocean Voyager and more! Also, check out The Aquarium on Animal Planet!
- Zoo Atlanta – Visit the Panda Cam and learn online
Zoo Atlanta also has a fun outdoor bingo game…go for a walk and play.
- High Museum – Learn online and enjoy these are-making activities to try together. Make Colorful Rubbings from Cool Textures
- The High Museum has announced an Online Student Exhibition for PreK to 12th grade students. Here’s the link to submit artwork and learn more.
- 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!
- The Atlanta Shakespeare Company</a> has provided some ye olde digital learning tools that include performances and study guides.
Throughout the US and World
- Hamilton – The original cast of Hamilton performs for John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube Channel.
- 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 held 15 live sessions teaching viewers to create his LUNCH DOODLE. All 15 are archived so learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio.
Ivy League Online Course
Free online courses from Ivy League Schools including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and more.
Virtual City Cycling Course - Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Whether you are riding our city streets out of necessity to get to work, to the pharmacy, to the grocery store, or to an appointment or you are wanting to just get out and move your body, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is here for you.
They are holding online classes through May 6 – simply RSVP online.
Earth Day 2020 - 50th Anniversary
To celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary there are a variety of resources and events available and remember, Earth Day can be celebrated every day of the year!
Earth Challenge 2020: Join a global citizen science effort to protect our planet.
Share your local air quality as a part of Earth Challenge 2020
Exploratorium: This website has a variety of simple experiments designed to educate learners of all ages on the Oceans + Water.
One Earth Film Festiva: Earth Day Virtual Mini Film Fest
Choose a Safer Sunscreen for the Planet: A guide to safe sunscreen for you, your family and the earth.
Georgia-based events + environment-based programs
Where to Composite in Georgia: A city by city list of composting locations.
Live Thrive Atlanta: Working to create a community that cares about a healthy and sustainable environment.
Metro Atlanta Recycling Event: May 2, 2020
Teach from Home Resources
Teach from home has created a a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the COVID-19 crisis.
Singing and Storytelling Fun
Free Books! Free Books! Free Books!
Here is a collection of sites offering free book resources!
The Fable Cottage
First Book Marketplace
Junior Library Guild
Library of Congress – Children’s Book
Simon & Schuster Book Pantry
Teen Book Cloud
Unite for Literacy
From the Experts
50 Years of Earth Day: The Health of Our Planet and Our Own Health are One and the Same - by Our Friends Live Thrive Atlanta
On April 22, 1970 – the first Earth Day in history– over 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest America’s inaction to combat the damaging effects of 150 years of industrial development.
Executive Function + Volunteering - by Mary Ulmer-Jones, Pebble Tossers Board of Directors
Shelter in Place provides us the time and energy to focus on meaningful things. It is meaningful to me that Pebble Tossers has given my son a platform to practice executive functioning.
The Opportunity for Growth, Found in the Instability of COVID-19 - by Amanda T. Parrott, MSW, LISW-CP for Pebble Tossers
COVID-19…How will you show up for yourself during a monumental event in history?
I pose this question to remind you of the power that you hold when managing this and other stressful events you will encounter in life.
Positivity Touch Points (3 of 3) - by Michelle Schroeder – Lowrey for Pebble Tossers
How do we stay grounded and in the present moment? Right now, I am leaning a lot on GRATITUDE. There is a lot of research out there around how expressing gratitude effects your personal happiness.
Positivity Touch Points (2 of 3) - by Michelle Schroeder – Lowrey for Pebble Tossers
What do we do when our uncertainty, fear and anxiety start to overwhelm us?
In real-time when the big feelings start to overwhelm our brains and bodies we must start with calming – 3 Deep Breaths. It has to be 3..
Positivity Touch Points (1 of 3) - by Michelle Schroeder – Lowrey for Pebble Tossers
It is something we often talk about in a longing way… “I wish we just had time to slow down and be together.” Or “We are never all home at the same time!” And now, EVERYONE is home. Only, this isn’t the “slowing down” we were talking about, right?
Coronavirus + College - by Lauren Alexander, Georgia Tech business student, Pebble Tossers Intern
The last week and a half have been a whirlwind. One day I was attending class, engaging with friends over coffee and meals, participating in my normal activities, and looking forward to all of the plans I had made for the coming months. Quickly, I watched all of the expectations and certainties I clung so tightly to vanish one after the other.
Maintaining Mental Health in a Crisis - by Olivia Kemp,MSW, Pebble Tossers Program Manager
“I’ve never experienced a situation like this,” or “I wonder when we will finally be in the clear?” Living in this unknown state that we are in, can not only be anxiety-provoking but isolating.