The Passport Program currently serves students at Point South Middle School and is in the process of expanding to an additional 3 middle schools in Clayton County, and plans to sponsor students in the FIRST Robotics Competition, which hosts teams of students who learn from professional engineers to build and program robots. The competition aims to ignite passion for math and science among students and teach them to use sophisticated hardware and software. Successful teams get the chance to compete at the national level and win scholarships. The Jeryme Brown & Mitchell Smalls Foundation requires additional funding to purchase a Lego robotics kit that provides students with the tools necessary to build their competition robot.
RescueCats, Inc. is a no-kill group dedicated to caring for homeless and owner-surrendered cats. While cats are waiting to be placed in loving, permanent homes, volunteers provide them with shelter and any necessary medical care, including spay or neuter procedures to prevent pet overpopulation and special supplements for those with feline leukemia virus. They also host weekly adoption fairs at PetSmart to increase each cat’s chances of being adopted. During its 13 years of operation, RescueCats, Inc. has found loving homes for more than 5,700 cats and kittens.
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The WRC's Making Change Program enables women to regain control of their economic security by offering basic financial education in a safe space. Women can also discuss finances with other participants and cooperate in mutually beneficial ways—for example, by becoming roommates. All of the program's participants have experienced domestic violence and are ready and willing to look realistically at their current financial situations and make the necessary changes. After completing the program, women receive dollar-for-dollar matches of up to $1,000 for any funds they save while participating in the program, thus helping them pay the first month's rent in their new, safe residences.
In partnership with Nepal’s Human Development and Community Services, MedShare will send the medical supplies to a hospital that serves women and children living in a region that affords limited access to care outlets. The donated equipment will outfit three new operating rooms in the hospital. Each box of recycled and surplus medical supplies costs $10 and contains vital care items such as syringes, sterile gloves and gowns, labor-and-delivery kits, biopsy kits, and surgical kits.
When he isn?t exploring underwater or volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium, Jacob Moore, founder and owner of Living Water Conservation and Scuba Inc. and The Order of Atlantis, shares his scuba knowledge with students during classes. A NAUI-certified scuba instructor, Jacob leads courses that range from skin-diver and scuba certification to advanced scuba-diving and instructor courses. He also leads expeditions during which students and instructors alike can use their skills to explore reefs, caves, and wildlife at destinations such as Ginnie Springs, Panama City, and Ponce de Leon, Florida.
Since banding together in 1979, the historians at Atlanta Preservation Center have helped ward off packs of angry bulldozers from more than 175 endangered buildings. Working alongside local government, businesses, and community leaders, the preservation team has saved elaborate structures including the Peters House and Winecoff Hotel. In addition, its headquarters—the 1856 Grant Mansion in Grant Park—is one of just three antebellum houses left in Atlanta and the team is currently working to restore the building to its architecturally accurate origins. When it isn’t keeping delicate treasures from crumbling, the Atlanta Preservation Center leads walking tours of historic areas and tells embarrassing stories from the days when the city’s buildings were just a bunch of baby bricks.