“We have created a culture of caring in Midtown,” Sarah Leary with the Atlanta Children’s Shelter told a crowd of Midtown Atlanta residents and workers at a Mix-it-Up Midtown networking event earlier this year.
While Midtown Alliance has regularly hosted networking and membership events throughout its 40-year history, Director of Member Engagement Philip Rafshoon has led the organization’s effort to emphasize charitable giving at its events since 2016.
“We want to raise money as well as awareness for these critical Midtown-based organizations that give people a hand up,” Rafshoon said. “We’ve found that by adding the framework of giving to our events, we’re able to inspire conversations and connections that improve the community beyond business networking.”
In 2018, Midtown Alliance members that purchased tickets to various Midtown Alliance events helped raise a combined $19,000 for three Midtown-based charities: The Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Midtown Assistance Center and Community Friendship, Inc.
Seeing the Immediate Impact of Giving
According to Leary who coordinates donations for the shelter, the money raised at one Midtown Alliance event helped six local families transition to permanent housing. Money raised through Midtown Alliance events this year also paid for rent, utility bills and groceries for up to 10 families through the work of the Midtown Assistance Center, according to Partnerships Director Ciara Rowley.
Rowley echoed Leary’s sentiment about the culture of caring in Midtown. “Our regular volunteers are Midtown residents. The congregations, businesses, nonprofits here are always eager to get involved,” she said.
Thank you to all who have contributed to these and other local causes in 2018. Let's strive to do even more good in 2019.
Stay tuned to your inboxes, MidtownATL.com, and Midtown Alliance social media channels for an announcement about our 2019 schedule of events and opportunities to stay involved.