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Black Lives Matter

Dear Community,

At Give a Folk, we believe the power of sharing and listening to stories builds and strengthens community and that the health of our community reflects how well we treat our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable.

We have been processing and mourning the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Brionna Taylor, George Floyd, and remembering the many others who were murdered before them. Their deaths are brutal reminders of how much work we must do!

To our Black and Brown community we stand as allies and in solidarity with you.

To the members of our community who hold racial privilege; please educate yourself by listening to black storytellers, reading books and articles written by black authors and thinking about how you can use your voice to lift up the people of color around you. We must do better!

Here are a few organizations that are working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of People of Color:

ACLU Foundation

Black Lives Matter

Equal Justice Initiative

NAACP

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Urban League

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Community

In times like this…

Response to COVID-19…

  1. Practice Social Distancing: As restrictions are being put in place to promote social distancing—avoiding crowds and limiting close contact (at least six feet) with anyone outside of immediate family. REMEMBER — You can still stay in touch and communicate with family and friends by phone, mail or applications like FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp.
  2. Wear a mask when out in public spaces to protect yourself, your family and those around you. When you get home take off your shoes and wash your hands!
  3. Give blood if you’re able: Red Cross and other organizations are in dire need of blood supply and have safe, healthy ways for you to donate.
  4. Help your local food pantry: Contact your local food pantry. Your support will help them provide food items for families in need.
  5. Check on neighbors and family members, especially those who live alone, are elderly, have health or mobility issues or are caring for children.
  6. Support local businessesschools and child care centers: When possible, purchase gift cards to local shops businesses online that you can use once storefronts reopen, and uplift those who are trying to keep afloat.
  7. Provide support to frontline health workers and first responders: Many health workers are not able to stay at home and are working around the clock, so take on tasks that they don’t have time to do as an expression of gratitude.
  8. Assist in local fundraising efforts: Look into options that provide much-needed supplies to families, such as Amazon Wish Lists, as well as the work of your local community and volunteer organizations.
  9. Stay informed: Only share information from credible sources like your state department of health or the CDC. Remember, when you stay calm, others will follow.
  10. Take care of yourself and others: Practice patience, kindness and mindfulness. Encourage others to do the same!
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Live Events storytelling

Spill the Beans

Anthony Vinson, Pamela Wright, Chetter Galloway, Denise Mount, Debbie From, Ethan Intveld, Josie James and Steve Bailey

We raised funds AND collected food!

Thank You to our sponsor, Manuel’s Tavern & to all of the fabulous artists (storytellers, musicians and our sound guy) and especially to those of you who came out to support LIVE STORYTELLING & the ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK!

It was a lovely event 🙂

Music by Josie and Ethan from Earth2Joseph
Noah Kess (Sound Guy)
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Live Events storytelling

Silver Lining

SL.TELLERSGwen Napier, Hannah Sage, Tracy Sue Walker, Melanie Knauff, Jon Goode, Debbie From,  Andy Offutt Irwin, Esther Culver, Avery Sharp, Myke Johns and Maddie Fay

We raised funds and collected several Pairs of Socks to donate to a local Senior Center!

Thank You to our sponsors, Manuel’s Tavern & CutCo, to all of the fabulous artists (storytellers, musicians and our sound guy) and especially to those of you who came out to support LIVE STORYTELLING & The Alzheimer’s Association.

It was a lovely event 🙂

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Music by Hannah Sage

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Live Events storytelling

Top Dog

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Troy Martin, Bob Prim, Debbie From, Anthony Vinson, Mo Culberson, Alison Paul, Katie Jordan, Cynthia Rintye & Tricia Stearns

We raised funds and collected several bags of dog and cat food!

Thank You to our sponsors, Manuel’s Tavern & Park Pet Supply, to all of the fabulous artists (storytellers, musicians and our sound guy) and especially to those of you who came out to support LIVE STORYTELLING & PAWS Atlanta.

It was a lovely event 🙂

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img_5020-e1518219901613.jpgSuzie Sloan (PAWS Atlanta) & Debbie From (Give a Folk) with several bags of donated dog and cat food and a money order!
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Live Events storytelling

Food for Thought

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Denise Mount, Tricia Stearns, Tiffany Courtney, Chetter Galloway, Lori Bean, Debbie From, Soniah Kamal, Melanie Knauff, Heather Tolley-Bauer, Pamela Wright & Tracy Sue Walker

We raised funds AND collected 80 pounds of non-perishable food! Which translates into 2907 meals provided!!

Thank You to our sponsors, Manuel’s Tavern & Georgia Jams, to all of the fabulous artists (storytellers, musicians and our sound guy) and especially to those of you who came out to support LIVE STORYTELLING & the ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK! It was a lovely event 🙂

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Music by Pick & Bow (Hannah, Etowah, Selu & Eli)

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Myke Johns (Sound Guy Extraordinaire)

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Lan Huynh (Atlanta Community Food Bank) & Debbie From (Give a Folk) with 80 lbs of donated non-perishable food and a money order!