Whitefield's Inaugural Great Day of Service a Success
Categories: General, Community Service
Posted: 8/30/2017


Whitefield Academy’s school community came out in a big way on Saturday, August 26, for the inaugural Great Day of Service. More than 800 volunteers composed of students, parents, faculty, alumni, and even grandparents joined together in serving 36 local charitable organizations around Cobb County and metro Atlanta on 43 separate project teams. They tackled needs ranging from packing food and organizing shelves at local food pantries, to planting trees, cleaning up, serving meals to those in need, and much more.

Anticipation hung in the air as volunteers arrived to campus early Saturday morning. Armed with coffee, T-shirts, and chicken biscuits courtesy of Vinings Chick-fil-A, volunteers were led by pastor and Whitefield parent Philip Duncanson and various Whitefield students and faculty in song and prayer to kick off the day before heading out to their service locations.
The Whitefield Great Day of Service committee planned for almost a year to ensure this large undertaking came to life. As lead parent organizer Becky Matherne notes, “This day was about providing an opportunity for us to live out our school’s mission statement, which seeks to bolster Christian families in rearing young people who go on to college and life with a passion for learning, for others ahead of self, and for the living and active Jesus. What better way to practice and demonstrate to our children putting 'others ahead of self' than serving those in need?”

The Whitefield community is still buzzing with excitement about this new annual event and the possibilities for its future in years to come. Many of the families who volunteered for the first time with an organization have already committed to going back and serving regularly with their charity throughout the coming year. 

Charities and organizations served during the 2017 Great Day of Service included:

• Carrie Steel Pitts Home (Atlanta)
• Saturday STEM Academy at Scott Elementary (Atlanta)
• Trees Atlanta
• Green Acres Elementary (Marietta)
• Atlanta Youth Academy (Atlanta)
• The AGAPE Center (Atlanta)
• First Responder Gift Bags
• Title 1 School Teacher Baskets
• Blue Skies Ministries (supporting pediatric cancer families (Atlanta)
• Books for Africa (Atlanta)
• Buckhead Christian Ministries Food Pantry (Atlanta)
• Delmar Gardens (Smyrna)
• Families for Families (supporting CARE for AIDS program, East Africa)
• Feed My Lambs (Austell & Marietta locations)
• Gilgal (SW Atlanta)
• Good Samaritan Health Center (Atlanta)
• HelloHope – (supporting CHOA)
• Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
• King Springs Elementary (Smyrna)
• KLife House (Atlanta)
• Whitefield Lower School Garden
• MUST Ministries (Kennesaw & Marietta locations)
• MUST Save It Forward (Marietta)
• PAW Kids (Atlanta)
• Atlanta Community Food Bank (Atlanta)
• Provident Retirement Village at Creekside (Smyrna)
• Pur(SHOE)ing Joy (shoes for Guatamala)
• SafeHouse Outreach (Atlanta homeless shelter)
• Keep Smyrna Beautiful (Smyrna)
• FCS Ministries, South Atlanta Bike Shop
• Special POPS Tennis (special needs tennis program, Atlanta)
• Sweetwater Mission (Austell)
• The Atlanta Community Tool Bank (Atlanta)
• The Center for Children & Young Adults (Marietta)
• Vinings Lake Church (Mableton)
• Vision Rehabilitation Services of GA. (Marietta)