To Give is to Receive

Local organizations to support this season and beyond

By M. Mattingly

WHEN WE POUR INTO OTHERS, our own cups are filled. Leaning into local organizations with purpose can fill your heart with gratitude and joy. The adage “it is better to give than to receive” rings true. When we give, we often receive so much more, as our eyes are lifted to deeper understanding, perspective and awareness. Honoring the privilege to support organizations that help others and contribute to the community has an impact on those we are assisting and on us as well.

We’ve highlighted a few of the purposeful organizations in and around our community that are changing lives.

Womens Center

Legacy Decatur

Legacy Decatur grows programs, partnerships and resources that create and support a positive legacy for Decatur. This includes their role as the managing entity for Decatur’s 77-acre Legacy Park, where they work closely with the city to promote environmental preservation, historic preservation, inclusive community, recreation and housing for those who need it most.

To volunteer, join a Trees Atlanta forest restoration workday every second Saturday of the month. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Friends of Refugees

Friends of Refugees’ vision is for refugees to flourish in their new home. They do that by meeting need with opportunity in three key areas: health and well-being, education and employment. As more refugees settle in Georgia, demand for their programs increase and opportunities to serve abound.

Becoming a partner and friend of refugees means providing support to their growing community. Join them by donating to the “give to the greatest need” fund to support these endeavors.

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence

The pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence in Atlanta’s homes, and domestic violence homicides in Georgia increased nearly 50% in 2021.

“There is no more urgent time to get involved with an organization working to end domestic violence,” says Jean Douglas, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence in Decatur. Women’s Resource Center provides direct services to impacted families, community education and prevention services with children, so that the cycle of violence does not continue into the future.

Those in need of services can reach out to the organization’s crisis line 24/7 at 404-688- 9436. Learn more about ways to donate and volunteer at

Decatur Performs

City Schools of Decatur boasts awardwinning performing arts programs, both at BHMS and DHS. In support of the students, faculty and volunteers, Decatur Performs was organized in 2017 as a federally recognized nonprofit organization to help these programs expand and grow.

Through acting, chorus, musical theater, tech theater and orchestra, more than 500 students, led by six faculty, are exploring the depths of human suffering and the heights of artistic expression. Be a part of this culture-making community through financial support, attendance at productions and concerts and in-kind giving. Visit to learn more.

City Schools of Decatur’s Parent Teacher Associations and Organizations (PTAs and PTOs)

At Decatur public schools, parent organizations step in directly to provide additional volunteer and financial support for student events, teacher grants, special projects, classroom needs and more. Creating opportunities to lift and enhance the educational experience of students in the community through giving financially and volunteering time makes a meaningful impact on schools, educators and students.

To find out how you can help, go to to find Decatur’s public school directory, and look for the PTA or PTO link. Furnish with Love According to Kathleen Kelly, Furnish with Love founder and board chair: “As a Decatur resident, I knew that Decatur’s spirit of caring and giving would make it the perfect location for Furnish with Love. Furnish with Love is a nonprofit organization that supports families who have recently transitioned from housing insecurity and are working hard for a better future. We do this primarily by upcycling donations of furniture and decor as we design comfortable and functional homes where families thrive. During this season of giving, we invite you to the Hive (in Decatur’s Old Depot District) where a community of volunteers has fun while busily changing lives.”

To tour, volunteer, give furnishings or donate funds, reach out to, or find them at

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