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Atlanta Daybook Release Date: 04.19.2018 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Assistance League of Atlanta

Driving “FOREward” Golf Tournament April 30th to Benefit Assistance League Atlanta

Retired Atlanta Executive combines volunteerism and golf to support Assistance League

What do you do when you have four rooms full of beautiful furniture you need to downsize? You do what retired CFO of AutoTrader Bill Templeton did.  He called Assistance League of Atlanta.  That’s because Assistance League owns and operates Attic Treasures Thrift Shop and accepts donations of gently used furniture and other items to sell in their shop.

Assistance League has been helping adults and children for over 35 years but it might be one of the best non-profits in Atlanta you’ve never heard of.  An all volunteer organization, last year they served 54,650 people and volunteered 71,100 hours – with no paid employees. Located in the heart of Chamblee’s historic antique district, proceeds from Attic Treasures fund the majority of their philanthropic programs which includes providing new school uniforms for elementary and middle school children, offering aid and support to the homeless and abused as well as funding scholarships for promising students who can’t afford higher education.

Bill found out about Assistance League from his sister who is a member. When he got to know the volunteers after donating his furniture and then learned more about their mission, he knew he wanted to get more involved. Many of the philanthropic activities Assistance League supports are causes that Bill personally supports with his own volunteer time, particularly aid to the homeless and abused.

He recently became a member of the organization’s volunteer Advisory Council and will participate in their upcoming “Driving FOREward” Golf Tournament. Bill naturally signed up to play since golf is a hobby he shares with his wife and children.

Because the needs of local communities continue to grow, so does the need for funding.  Assistance League is sponsoring its “first ever” golf tournament on Monday, April 30thThe Driving “FORE”ward Golf Tournament will take place at Bears Best Golf Club in Suwanee. This beautiful golf club is one of only two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus that features signature replica holes from more than 200 course designs worldwide. The club has been highly rated by both Golf Advisor and the PGA.

About Assistance League of Atlanta
Founded in 1982, Assistance League is an all-volunteer, 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has improved the lives of more than 550,000 children and adults in need by working through a network of schools, social agencies, hospitals and emergency services. Using proceeds from its Attic Treasures Thrift Shop (located at 3534 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA  30341) as well as donations and grants, the organization provides clothing, household goods, comfort items, hygiene kits, and educational aid to children, families, and adults affected by homelessness, abuse and poverty.  Donations are tax deductible.  For more information, visit our website, AssistanceLeagueATL.org

Assistance League of Atlanta Partners with Gwinnett Co. Police to Help Children

ATLANTA, GA  – February 2018. Assistance League of Atlanta, headquartered in Peachtree Corners, is teaming up with the Gwinnett County Police Department to distribute stuffed teddy bears to comfort frightened children during crisis situations.

Major Everett Spellman and Officer Trent Greene of the West Precinct, Gwinnett County Police Department recently attended a monthly meeting at Assistance League’s Philanthropic Center where they received 60 bears for distribution throughout the county.  “We could definitely feel the energy in the room upon entering this facility and we thank you for your donation of Bears,” Major Spellman said.

The Bears for Children program is one of eight of Assistance League’s philanthropic programs, an organization dedicated to helping adults and children in need in metro Atlanta. Each year, Bears for Children provides thousands of new, child-safe, cuddly bears to comfort frightened children. Hospitals, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other emergency agencies distribute the bears to children in need of comfort during traumatic and stressful circumstances.

“When a child is in stress, it is great to hug one of our soft, cuddly bears for support,” said the Bears for Children Chairperson Carol Mason. “We all put in a lot of LOVE when we pack our Bears for delivery.”  When the program started in 1988, 25 bears per month were distributed, a number which has skyrocketed to the current gift of 650 bears per month, according to Mason. For the fiscal year ending May 31, 2017, Bears for Children provided comfort to 6,366 children.

About Assistance League of Atlanta

Founded in 1982 and marking its 35thyear in Atlanta last year, Assistance League is an all-volunteer, 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has improved the lives of more than 550,000 children and adults in need by working through a network of schools, social agencies, hospitals and emergency services.

Using proceeds from its Attic Treasures Thrift Shop, located at 3534 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA  30341, as well as donations and grants, the organization provides clothing, household goods, comfort items, hygiene kits, and educational aid to children, families, and adults affected by homelessness, abuse and poverty. Donations are tax deductible.  For more information, visit our website, AssistanceLeagueATL.org

Contact: Paula Smiley, VP, Communications, Assistance League of Atlanta

pr@AssistanceLeagueATL.org; 404-317-7761

For more information about Assistance League, contact us.
Members pose with our latest partners in the Bears for Children program from the Gwinnett Police Department