The CDC Foundation Gives Back to Our Community

At the CDC Foundation, we depend on donors and partners to support our more than 300 programs, so we value the importance of partnerships and community involvement. Each year, our staff are encouraged to participate in volunteer projects to build a stronger community where we live and work. Volunteering in our own community also gives us an opportunity to have an in-person impact.


Recently, our staff volunteered with two organizations here in Atlanta: The Atlanta Community Food Bank and MedShare.

  • Every year, the Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 600 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. On December 4th, the CDC Foundation team packed 660 boxes for seniors. This included 19,800 pounds of food to provide 16,500 meals for seniors in Atlanta!
  • MedShare is a global humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of communities by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. On December 15, our CDC Foundation colleagues boxed 83 cartons of an assortment of medical supplies. Our volunteers organized clean birthing kits for moms and newborns that consisted of diapers, gauze, receiving blankets and other necessities. 

The Foundation also participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program this year. Angel Tree was created by the Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia, shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children during the holidays. This year, the CDC Foundation sponsored several Angels (ages 0-12) and Silver Bells (ages 65 and over). 

During this holiday season, I am so thankful that I work for an organization that values the importance of being a good corporate citizen. 

Claire Stinson is a senior communications officer for the CDC Foundation.