Against a backdrop of lime-green walls and painted murals of palm trees, monkeys, and children at play, sock-footed youths scale the collection of inflatable structures that fill Jump Oasis's massive playroom. Leaping is the chief activity at Jump Oasis, where kids aged 1–16 bound about vibrantly colored bounce houses and shoot down 18-foot slides as monitors ensure safe play. At a stage area flanked by black walls, children bust moves playing Wii dance games and churn out pop music while crooning along to more than 300 karaoke songs to serenade parents as an apology for forgetting their anniversary. Every other Friday night, the playground is open to preteens aged 8–12, who dance to a DJ's tunes or compete in games of Just Dance 2 under the glow of disco lights. Parents keep an eye on their kids while also keeping track of sports scores as they recline on the leather couch surrounding a big-screen television in the playroom. Nearby, foam flooring pads an area exclusively for toddlers, where they can crawl and babble far away from prying ears trying desperately to decode baby talk.
Lipsey Mountain Spring Water uses toxin-free containers to escort pure natural spring water from the Blue Ridge Mountains into local homes and offices. Using pharmaceutical-grade glass containers imported from Italy, Lipsey's liquid gold is bottled from sources inside the Lipsey family property in Nantahala National Forest. Unlike plastics, these 100% recyclable glass containers are free of harmful contaminants such as BPA and preserve your water's purity and taste so that it can be contaminated by sugary drink powder not endorsed by astronauts.
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.
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.
When two loving pet owners heard about a series of police-dog deaths that could have been prevented if the dogs had been wearing protective vests, they knew they had to do something to protect these brave animals. So they founded Project Paws Alive, Inc., and now they and their dedicated volunteers spend their nights and weekends—on top of their own jobs—working to ensure that law-enforcement and military canines, as well as domestic pets affected by trauma, receive the same protection and life-saving measures as their human counterparts. The initiative receives requests from civil-service agencies around the country for equipment such as stab- and bulletproof vests for police dogs, canine field-trauma kits, cooling vests, and oxygen masks for domestic pets suffering from smoke inhalation. Often this equipment is too costly for agencies to purchase themselves, or it is prohibited by governmental restrictions but can help police departments, fire departments, and medical first responders save the lives of dogs that work hard to keep humans safe.
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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.