Atlanta is one of 23 U.S. cities to win a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant, which supports mayors who are implementing “impact volunteering” strategies that tackle pressing local challenges.

Atlanta’s $25,000 grant will go towards mobilizing a community-wide volunteer team that will work to revitalize 50 city blocks by removing 25,000 pounds of litter, planting 250 trees and 2,000 flowers, and removing graffiti.

“Volunteerism demonstrates the best of our city’s spirit,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This grant provides the City of Atlanta increased capacity to work toward becoming one of the top ten sustainable cities in the United States, while improving our neighborhoods with beautification projects.”



Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.