In the Community

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

We believe in the power of kindness and in giving back to the community.  Here are some organizations that are very dear to our hearts.

 

 

The Oak Theatre at Samford Studio on the campus of First Baptist Church Avondale Estates is bringing the art of story back to life and creating a safe place for students to learn, grow, explore, & develop their skills in the performing arts.  To learn more check out The Oak Theatre.

 

 

imba means sing, an independent documentary feature film, produced by my beautiful and loving friend, Erin Levin, through the eyes of the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir.  Erin and I met and received our Grounded Yoga certificate together in November 2011.  Two artists connected, Erin, a humanitarian journalist and filmmaker with a heart for good  news and myself learning how to help children connect with their hearts.  I felt the passion Erin has for the African Children’s Choir.  It was then that our friendship started and I learned about Africa’s education crisis.  Erin shares with us that “Sharing with the world is so important to me that I left an amazing career in journalism at CNN with the mission of at least one million people seeing this film and acting upon it. There is an education crisis in our world today and the kids in the African Children’s Choir are a beautiful, compelling and entertaining example of how to solve the issues of extreme poverty through education while also sharing the hope, dignity and unlimited potential of Africa’s children with our world. It’s time for you to know their story and join in their song. As humanitarian filmmakers, we have decided to donate 100% of film profits directly to the African Children’s Choir for their work on the ground in seven African nations. Your donation to imba means sing gives over and over again every time someone sees the film or buys the film – you are exponentially supporting the Choir.”  To learn more or to donate to imba please visit indiegogo.com.

 

Grounded: Yoga. Laughter. Elevation is based on the core belief that yoga can have a profound and positive effect on kids and teens.  Their program enables instructors, school teachers, and even kids and teens themselves to “ground” themselves and others.  “When we are grounded, we have the stability and strength that it takes to handle any situation with grace, a positive attitude, and flexibility.”  Click HERE  and HERE to view.

 

Camp Big Heart, in existence since 1984, is a unique boarding summer camp which offers a broad range of recreational activities designed specifically for children and adults who are mildly to moderately mentally challenged (who may also have physical challenges) and who are ambulatory. It is recognized as one of the truly outstanding camps of its type in the country and serves the entire state of Georgia.  It is located at the Will-A-Way camping facility located within Ft. Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia.  The camp facility was designed to meet the needs of special populations throughout the state.

                                 Click HERE to view slideshow of our Camp Big Heart adventure!

 

The Arc of Georgia advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Arc of Georgia is a non-profit membership organization.

For more on the Arc of Georgia and to view photographs, take a look at Arc of Georgia Plane Pull.

Deirdre O'Brien - April 26, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Kelley, You and Wallace took the most incredible pictures, truly capturing the moments. Thank you for your generosity and artistry.

Miriam, President - Camp Big Heart - June 9, 2011 - 6:53 pm

Kelley and Wally the slide show you put together of our special camp for developementally challenged kids, at Camp Big Heart, is wonderful! You captured the enthusiasm, excitement and fun of camp for the campers and the staff. I especially appreciated how you captured the love and care that is given to the campers by our staff and volunteers through you photography. It is amazing! You truely put your heart and soul in your work and it shows. KSP rocks and we thank you so much for giving us such a lovely day in the life of camp to share with families.

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