Giving Back to Our Community

Paws AtlantaAt the CDC Foundation we depend on donors and partners to strengthen our programs across the globe, so we value the importance of partnerships and community involvement. Each year, we encourage our employees to participate in volunteer projects to build a stronger community where we live and work. In our day-to-day public health work at the CDC Foundation, we rarely get to meet the people that we serve, so volunteering in our own community gives us an opportunity to have an in-person impact. 

Recently, our staff volunteered with three organizations in Atlanta: The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Youth Villages at Inner Harbour and PAWS Atlanta. More than half of our employees participated in a volunteer project. 

  • Atlanta Food BankAt the Atlanta Community Food Bank, we packed 18,150 lbs. of food – 12,100 meals in 550 boxes that will be distributed to seniors in need.
  • At PAWS Atlanta, we spent an afternoon cleaning and organizing the Cat Cottage and walking the dogs at the animal shelter. 
  • At Youth Villages at Inner Harbour, a residential treatment facility for youth with severe emotional issues, we helped wrap various donated necessities including blankets, socks, books, and duffle bags in preparation for their annual holiday party.

Inner HarborBeing good corporate citizens and giving back to our community is important to the CDC Foundation, and we will continue to encourage our staff to get involved in and support strong, healthy and safe communities through volunteerism.

Alan Harrison is the vice president for administration for the CDC Foundation.