I saw an article this week titled”Do One Thing”. It was about energy conservation awareness. That catchy title took my mind in a different direction. Just about every day I see or hear about the needs of the underprivileged, the working poor, the homeless, the sick, etc. I also hear just about every day how PEOPLE say that they want to help. They just get tired of being asked for only money. I have two thoughts on this. I think non profits/groups need to do a better job of putting PEOPLE to work. Let them get their hands dirty. PEOPLE want to help, they just may not know quite how to start. PEOPLE need to do a better job of finding a group, a non-profit, a church, etc that needs a pair of hands. There is a disconnect between needs and resources.

A dear friend interacts with many non profits in the area, and through her, I have become aware of countless groups who need help of all sorts. Yes, many times they need donations. The directors of these groups know far more about running their organization than I do. However, I’m guessing that if you get PEOPLE in the door, they will likely fill a donation need. They may even get their friends, neighbors, co workers, and companies to fill a need or two or three.

You might want to protect your toes, I’m about to step on them. PEOPLE need to show more initiative in their search for a way to help. PEOPLE are lazy. They want it to be easy. Okay. If you live in the North Atlanta area, I’m gonna make it easy for you. . “Do One Thing” that sounds good to you . “Do One Thing” that speaks to your heart. ” Just please, “Do One Thing”. What if your One Thing inspires someone else’s One Thing? Before you know it, you have a group of people who can make a real difference to a group in need. Below is a list a few groups, a short description of what they do, who they serve, what you can do to help them, and how to get in touch with them. How’s that for easy. We can all make a difference! Yes, I know their are hundreds who could use some help. The following list almost overwhelmed me just in copying and pasting their info! So pick one, either from my list of favorites, or one of your own. DO ONE THING. Put some shoes on your words and let them start walking. Like my friend Greta says, “No Excuses“!

The Drake House :TDH’s mission is to provide short-term crisis housing, assessment, support, and empowerment to homeless mothers and their children in the North Fulton area. It was established to support mothers and children in their effort to recover from their interim homeless situation, keep the family intact, and provide them with the resources to return to self-sufficient housing.

Drake Center volunteers are responsible for donation management, pantry sorting and stocking, general office work, supply shopping, special event assistance, and support for our Family Service Professionals. The Drake House is looking for compassionate volunteers to serve as mentor/advocates to encourage and support a mother or child as they move through the empowerment program. Additionally, occasional childcare is needed for young children during the day while moms are in meetings or workshops.The Drake Closet volunteers will assist with receiving donations, sorting and displaying of clothing, customer service and/or sales at our women’s resale boutique.

Contact (770)587-4712

Senior Services North Fulton :SSNF has delivered over 650,000 nutritious Meals on Wheels to seniors at risk in the Northern Atlanta metropolitan area. SSNF also offers in-home services, senior health & wellness initiatives, advocacy, resource & referral services, transportation and intermittent programs to meet the greatest needs of area seniors, while operating Neighborhood Senior Centers in Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs.

Meals on Wheels are needed for delivery routes. SSNF Neighborhood Senior Centers are located in Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs. Centers are open Monday through Friday and are a place for older adults to participate in health & wellness programs, social and educational activities and enjoy a nutritious hot lunch. Volunteers can enrich the senior center experience by sharing talent, time and life experience. Center staff members welcome office assistance or lunch support as well as help in leading exercise, art and special interest classes. We welcome office work support and phone assistance volunteers, special event committee members and others to support our staff toward fulfilling our mission.

Contact (770) 993-1906

North Fulton Charities : North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) is a non-profit human service agency dedicated to preventing homelessness of individuals residing north of the Chattahoochee River in Fulton County (Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell). NFCC assists families with basic needs such as food, rent and utilities, and clothing during short-term emergencies

Volunteers are essential to North Fulton Community Charities. NFCC welcome men, women and teens ages 13 years and older who are interested in volunteering on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. We also have short-term volunteer opportunities available during our special programs and group opportunities are available throughout the year. Teens age 13-15 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: (770) 640-0399

Angles Among Us : Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. We operate through a network of foster homes in the north metro Atlanta area.

AAU need foster parents to love and care for the animals rescued from shelters until they are adopted. The duration of foster care can range from a couple of days to several weeks or more for pets with special needs. The majority of our foster pets find a loving forever home within a couple of weeks.


Canine Assistants Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs.

Volunteers play an important role in the day-to-day operations at Canine Assistants, as well as with special events. CA rely on and are grateful for the dedication of their wonderful team of volunteers!

Contact: (770)993-1906

About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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3 Responses to DO ONE THING!

  1. Jane says:

    I love posts like this – reminding us of what we could be doing. Thanks for the nudge!

  2. Heidi says:

    Love this post! It reminded me of Andy’s sermon on doing for one what you wish you could do for all. Well done Deb!!