Friday, 13 March 2015 23:24

The CPC's "First Saturday" Volunteer Event Is Fun For The Whole Family Featured

When Atlanta filmmaker, Anthony Mchie's 6th grade daughter needed community service hours for her school's Jr. Beta Club, he sought out a volunteer opportunity that was age appropriate. After visiting the website, Hands On Atlanta, one of the largest community-based volunteer service organizations in the U.S, he discovered the Chastain Park Conservancy. So, last Saturday, March 7th, the Sandy Springs resident brought both of his daughters, Amali and Anisa to Chastain Park. "I like to volunteer, because it makes me feel good to help people and the environment," said Amali.

Another father/daughter duo, Tom and Margaret Coleman came out to help, too. As his 11 1/2 year old daughter got down to raking up piles of leaves on Lake Forest Drive, her dad recalled the last time they volunteered together at the CPC and planted daffodils over by the playground. 

Also in attendance to lend a hand were Paul Schlanta and his 6th grade son, Ben. According to Paul,

it was the second time they'd donated their time to the CPC "One of the reasons I like to help out at Chastain is that I get to see new things, said Ben. "Last time we got a behind-the-scenes look at the amphitheatre!"

Other "First Saturday" team members included individuals who simply wanted to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise and give of their time. Margaret Coleman, an Atlanta Property Manager explained that she chooses one volunteer event a month on the Hand On Atlanta site. Natalie Beard has given several hours of her time to the CPC and said "I've learned through volunteerism all that goes into maintaining a beautiful greenspace like Chastain."

Our next "First Saturday" is April 4th at 9 am. Whether you're 8 or 68, a parent, son or daughter, husband and wife or individual, we'd love to have you. To sign-up, please visit