The professional exterminators at Community Pest Solutions rid abodes of such nuisances as termites and mosquitoes so that homeowners can take back control of their living spaces. The team wields more than 15 years of dealing with a wide range of pests who thrive in Georgia's warm climate and streets paved with peach juice. Concerned homeowners can sign up for free inspections and estimates should they suspect an infestation or that the milkman is just a bunch of termites standing on each other's shoulders. In addition to bug eradication, Community Pest Solutions’ multitalented technicians also handle around-the-house jobs such as attic insulation, landscaping, deck staining, and home remodeling and painting.
Known for guiding the women of The Real Housewives of Atlanta through ab-strengthening moves, the instructors at the Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio started as a professional dance troupe before opening a studio in 1999. Now with 32 classes offered under one roof, the Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio aims to boost the self-confidence of its all-female students during drop-in Shimmy Fit classes and five-week technique courses. Instructors disguise calorie-blasting exercises with engaging choreography so that students can tone muscles without spending the day trying to slip an oiled-up pig into a wetsuit.
Feral Cat Program of Georgia works with the community and a network of veterinarians to spay or neuter and vaccinate stray and feral cats throughout north Fulton and Forsyth Counties. Older cats are returned to their colonies and given food, water, and shelter by traveling colony caregivers, even in severe weather. Kittens are adopted into foster homes to help protect them from predators and foul weather. Volunteers help socialize these kittens, giving them both food and loving attention so that they can live happily in adoptive homes when they grow older. Foster families need to sit with them while they eat and pet them at least three times a day to help the kittens build trust in humans. In 2009, the program placed 228 cats into new homes and sterilized an additional 525 animals.
Packed with games, supplies, lesson plans, and interactive homework, the It's My Business course provides sixth graders with real-world-focused instruction, integrating social studies, reading, writing, and critical thinking. Lessons—which are designed to help students meet Georgia Performance Standards—cover subjects such as advertising, apprenticeship, marketing, and civic responsibility. Students engage in six activities designed to enhance career confidence and explore pathways of employment. The course begins with an introduction to the concepts of entrepreneurship and ends with the development of a business plan.
The tireless, all-volunteer team of court-appointed special advocates (CASA) at Children's Voice: CASA, Inc. give a voice to the unheard children of Douglas County. A chapter of the National CASA and Georgia CASA, the local outpost advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile-court deprivation proceedings, speaking up for the needs of children who might otherwise get lost in the overburdened legal and social-services system. The volunteers—each of whom has completed 30 hours of pre-service training and 10 hours of court observation—take on a wide range of responsibilities on behalf of children, including gathering information, appearing in court, seeking solutions, and explaining the process to the child.
Conceived in Seattle in 1976, National CASA originated as a way to empower abused and neglected children. Nationwide, advocates have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes since the organization’s founding. In the last year alone, volunteers have represented 243,000 children—about half of the children in the country’s child-welfare system at a given time.
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