Reconnecting the Community through Volunteering
By Anna Sharp of Livable Buckhead
It’s been nearly two years since the beginning of the pandemic and for many of us, the way we navigate our daily lives has dramatically changed — including how we connect to our communities. With Zoom calls replacing in-person meetings and a shift away from in-person events in general we must find new ways to reconnect to the communities where we live.
Volunteering for projects that improve public spaces is a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Beginning in 2022, Livable Buckhead will be hosting at least two volunteer opportunities per month along PATH400 and in other public spaces within our community.
As we settle into our new normal, we hope to see more community members join us in making Buckhead a wonderful place to live, visit and work. The first opportunities to get involved are Saturday, February 19 with two clean-up events scheduled for that morning (see more information below). If you can’t join us this week but are interested in future events, fill out our volunteer form and we’ll keep you informed about future opportunities to connect with others in service to the community.
Maxine Rock Day of Service
On February 19th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Livable Buckhead will host a day of service in honor of Maxine Rock, whose passion for connective greenway trails was instrumental in the creation of the PATH Foundation and hundreds of miles of Georgia trails, including PATH400.
Maxine A. Rock graduated from New York University in 1961 and from the University of Michigan in June 1963 with a graduate degree in journalism. She was a journalist and writer who authored numerous articles and books on medicine, environment, human relations and science. Her favorite book was the one she wrote with her grandchildren titled, “Adventures in Faun Forest.”
She was a founder and President of the North Buckhead Civic Association and was instrumental in the creation of the PATH Foundation, which has built numerous walking and bicycle trails throughout the Atlanta region, including PATH400 in partnership with Livable Buckhead. She was a tireless advocate for the environment and maintained membership in the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy and other environmental and wildlife agencies. She was an enthusiastic cyclist, potter and painter.
Livable Buckhead’s Maxine Rock Day of Service is a waterway cleanup along the bridge on PATH400 that is named in her honor, and which is home to a multitude of native species including beavers and blue heron. This volunteer event promotes community involvement, encourages environmental stewardship, and will make an immediate and tangible impact on one of Buckhead’s newest parks.
No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to pitch in, get a little dirty and have some fun making a tangible difference in the park. Tools and waders will be provided by Livable Buckhead and the Atlanta Toolbank. All volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water.
Clean Walks, in partnership with Livable Buckhead, will host an event on Saturday, February 19th to clean up a section of the sidewalk on Sidney Marcus Blvd. Clean Walks is an nonprofit organization to promote, educate, and enhance awareness of a clean, neat and beautiful environment for our communities through events and environment clean up. It was founded by Mei Lin, an Atlanta resident who began carrying a bag with her each time she went for a walk so she could collect trash as she went. She formed Clean Walks to encourage other people to do the same, and to arrange group clean-up events.
Saturday’s clean-up is part of a monthly “clean walks” series that will focus on cleaning up along Buckhead’s busiest streets on the second Saturday each month. On February 19th the group will meet in front of the Dump (815 Sidney Marcus Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30324) at 8:50 a.m., and the walk will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers should bring gloves, grabbers and trash bags.