GP Communications Specialist Tiffany Rivers (3rd from left) volunteers with Club Blue Atlanta, Boys & Girls Clubs' young professionals group.
Call it cliché, but it’s true – Georgia-Pacific’s involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs makes me proud to be an employee at GP. Not only do our cash contributions demonstrate the value we have for the communities where our businesses thrive – $1 million to local Boys & Girls Clubs in 30 cities across 15 states – but I’m proud to work with team members who genuinely care about their communities.
Personally, I’ve been involved as a member of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Club Blue advisory board in Atlanta going on two years. Together with other young professionals, Club Blue creates opportunities for others to invest in “Club Kids,” through donations or with their time. I’ve done everything from mentoring a young woman for their “Youth of the Year” program to playing dodgeball. After all, who can refuse a good game of dodgeball?
By volunteering with Club Blue over the last five years, I’ve also come to realize how much impact we as adults can have, even by interacting with a child only one or two times. One of my favorite memories happened at a “Day in the Club,” an event that takes place every six to eight weeks. We usually volunteer to do homework with the kids, play games or help out with special projects at one of the local clubs. One particular week, I was leaving the Warren club in East Atlanta and a young boy ran up to me and said, “Bye, Miss Tiffany!” As he clung to me, I felt a little embarrassed because I didn’t remember his name. I was astonished that he remembered me even though I had not volunteered in a couple of months. What I learned that day was that our time and encounters, be they large or small, can often mean more to a young child than we can ever imagine.
Missy Dugan, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta president and CEO, shared her thoughts on Georgia-Pacific’s support. She said, “Over the last 10 years, Georgia- Pacific has donated $240,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and, as a result, has helped many of Atlanta’s most vulnerable youth break out of the cycle of poverty, become the first in their family to graduate from college, establish a fulfilling career and become a model citizen in their community.”