Do you live in Atlanta, want to make new friends, and get more involved in your city? If the answer is yes, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog post.

Community Bucket is an organization with the motto Service Made Social – the premise is getting millennials together to serve the city of Atlanta, all while having some fun and making lasting connections. Community Bucket partners with service organizations all over the city, hosting a variety of on-site, hands on projects each month.

For January 2016, Community Bucket wanted to break some serious ground in Atlanta through their MarkYourMark initiative. The goal – to donate 1,000 hours of service in just over a week! With over 20 projects to choose from, Community Bucket volunteers made their mark at organizations all across the city, from beautifying historic Oakland Cemetery to building tiny houses for the homeless with Mad Housers.

During MakeYourMark, I participated in 3 service events: walking pups and hanging with kittens up for adoption at PAWS Atlanta; preparing meals to be delivered to homebound individuals at Open Hand; and slingin’ mulch at Doghead Farm with Concrete Jungle, where we prepped land to plant thousands of pounds of food to donate to the homeless.

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At Open Hand, where our team prepped bags of food to be delivered to
elderly citizens who don’t have access to healthy meals

 

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With my new friend Milan at PAWS Atlanta (she’s a sweetheart, and still available for adoption!)

 

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Laying the groundwork for planting at Concrete Jungle’s Doghead Farm

To celebrate the end of MakeYourMark 2016, Community Bucket hosted two brewery parties at Monday Night Brewing (1/18) and Eventide in Grant Park (1/30). If you think celebrating service isn’t fun, think again. We played monster Jenga and find-a-friend bingo at the wrap party at Eventide, with beer flowing and food delivered from Rumi’s Kitchen.

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At the end of MakeYourMark 2016, Community Bucket hosted almost 350 volunteers at 20 projects around Atlanta, resulting in a total of 1,028 hours of service!

 

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If you missed MakeYourMark, don’t worry. Community Bucket already has tons of events on the calendar for February, including their Love Your City project. On February 13th, Community Bucket is partnering with Park Pride to host 150 volunteers for a massive cleanup at DeKalb Memorial Park, followed by lunch & socializing at Argosy Pub.

If you want to volunteer at Love Your City, click here to sign up – spots are going quickly! You can also subscribe to the Community Bucket newsletter for the latest on upcoming volunteer and social opportunities. I hope to see you at a Bucket event soon!