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agriculture

Athens Farmers Market
A non-profit organization of farmers, craftspeople, and volunteers working to make local naturally grown food and local handmade arts and crafts available in Athens.

Athens Locally Grown
A group of nearly a hundred small farms and gardeners located around Athens who share a dedication to community, environment, health and the benefits of sustainable agriculture practices. Standards ensure that everything produced is chemical-free, fresh, and of the highest quality.

CounterSPACE
A collaborative university-community initiative to generate civic agriculture in Athens. Seeks to embed local agriculture and food production in the community and lessen dependence on the global industrial food system.

Daily Groceries Co-op
A community owned and operated food co-operative offering local and organic produce, food, supplements and more.

PLACE
PLACE (Promoting Local Agriculture and Cultural Experience) promotes a strong, accessible local food culture in Athens. PLACE develops a strong local food culture through educational programs, networking opportunities, and increased availability of locally grown food.

Slow Food Athens
A non-profit educational organization that supports and celebrates the food traditions that are a part of our cultural identity, and seeks to save our food heritage from the industrialization of our food supply.

Southern Seed Legacy
Preserving the cultural and genetic diversity of Southern agriculture by encouraging and supporting local seed saving and exchange networks and conservation of plant genetic resources.

Spring Valley EcoFarms
A non-profit organization focusing on education, research, and outreach to promote more ecologically sustainable agriculture.

animal welfare

Athens Area Humane Society
A no-kill non-profit organization dedicated to lowering area euthanasia rates through adoption, spay/neuter and pet retention programs. Provides an online gallery of adoptable cats and dogs.

AthensPets
A volunteer organization that provides photos and descriptions of dogs and cats available for adoption at Athens-Clarke County Animal Control.

Athens Canine Rescue
A nonprofit volunteer network of foster homes dedicated to rescuing dogs in the Athens area and placing them in permanent homes. Website features a gallery of dogs available for adoption.

Helping Paws Rescue
The Helping Paws no-kill shelter at Pawtropolis (a pet boarding & daycare center) provides a home for abandoned dogs and cats until they are adopted by new families.

Cat Zip Alliance
A non-profit organization working to reduce the number of homeless cats and put an end to unnecessary euthanasia and feline overpopulation by actively promoting the principles of responsible feral cat management. CZA serves as an umbrella organization for Campus Cats and other programs.

Speak Out for Species
S.O.S works to protect animals from cruelty and exploitation, to reduce animal suffering, and to promote compassion & respect for all living beings.

art

Athens Area Arts Council
A non-profit arts organization whose goal is to integrate the artistic resources of the Athens area into our educational system, local economy, and the culture of our community. AAAC is an active advocate for public art and sponsors performances and events that broaden community exposure to the arts including visual art, film, music, dance and literature.

Athens Art Association
The Athens Art Association, founded in 1919, is a non-profit professional organization established for the advancement of visual arts in Athens.

Athens Photography Guild
An organization of community members sharing an interest in photography

Classic City Woodturners
A club formed to support both new and experienced woodturners in Athens and the surrounding area. Its purpose is to promote enjoyment and excellence in woodturning by providing a source of information, resources, and exposure for its members.

Cotton Patch Quilters
Promotes an interest in quilting among its members and the community at large to preserve and assure the continuation of the art of quilting and contributes to the community through charitable and service projects.

Plant the Seed Productions
A non-profit organization that seeks to bring interactive arts and environmental experiences to school-age children, especially those in underserved communities.

The Studio Group
A collection of artists from the Athens area who have formed to promote and exhibit their artwork.

children

All God's Children
An Athens-area special needs adoption agency working in partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Resources to find adoptive families for children.

Athens Tutorial Program
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing academic assistance, improving learning skills, and providing basic life skill enhancement and cultural enrichment opportunities to at-risk K-12 students.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens
With four locations in the community, Boys & Girls Clubs give the youth of Athens a clean, healthy, and safe place to play, work, and learn.

Children First
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safe homes for children in times of family crisis. Children First engages families in our community and the courts to promote stable and nurturing living environments for children

Clarke County Mentor Program
Recruits and trains volunteers to serve as mentors to students in public schools, K-12 grade. Mentors offer friendship and guidance to encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce the young person to new ideas.

Classic City Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to serving the children of the world. Classic City Kiwanis Club provides various services for the Athens community with the primary goal of raising funds to benefit the youth of Athens.

Clute Barrow Nelson Life Foundation
A non-profit charitable organization established to help children with cancer by providing financial assistance to families in need.

Communities In Schools
Helping children stay in school and prepare for life, this dropout prevention initiative fosters school readiness, school success, and healthy children.

The Cottage
Provides support services for survivors and families impacted by sexual assault and child abuse. Services include a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, counseling referrals, prevention education, and emergency financial assistance for basic needs.

Court Appointed Special Advocates
Athens-Oconee CASA trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for children who are victims of family abuse or neglect. Volunteers represent the interests of children in court proceedings and strive to ensure the child has a safe, permanent home.

Easter Seals North Georgia
Provides services to ensure that all children with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities.

Extra Special People
A non-profit organization with a passion for enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Empowers children and young adults to cultivate skills, self-confidence, and relationships through recreational therapy, community involvement, and the arts.

Families4Change
A nonprofit organization that provides an early intervention group program for youth and their families. Seeks to reduce recidivism rates, problem behaviors, and truancy among first-time juvenile offenders and at-risk school-age youth.

Friends for Life
A mentoring program dedicated to promoting a better life for children, ages 4-18 years, with a primary focus on those of incarcerated parents.

MICAH's Mission
MICAH's (Ministry to Improve Childhood & Adolescent Health) Mission is a Christian ministry that provides services to families and communities to reduce their environmental threats with an emphasis on improving childhood and adolescent health.

Oasis Tutors
Sponsors an after-school program for students in grades PreK-3 for children of the Pinewood Estates North community only. Tutors help children with their homework and also reinforce necessary academic skills.

Prevent Child Abuse Athens
A non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in all of its forms -- physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect -- through education, support, and public awareness.

UGA HEROs
A non-profit student-run organization helping provide quality of life care to kids infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia.

Whatever It Takes
An initiative to end the intergenerational cycle of poverty by ensuring that all children of Athens graduate from a post-secondary education.

Youth Leadership Athens
A program dedicated to providing civic education and leadership development to Athens area high school juniors. Participants develop themselves not only as future leaders in our community, but as individuals to become better friends, classmates, and family members.

civic groups

Athens Area Newcomers Club
Offers monthly programs to introduce new residents to the history, character, events, and civic and social life of Athens-Clarke County.

Athens Rotary Club
A service-based club that works on various projects relating to health, hunger, environmental concerns, literacy and vocational assistance, drug abuse, and assisting senior citizens and young people.

Classic City Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to serving the children of the world. Classic City Kiwanis Club provides various services for the Athens community with the primary goal of raising funds to benefit the youth of Athens.

Junior League of Athens
An organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

L.E.A.D. Athens
The mission of L.E.A.D. Athens is to develop effective leaders committed to building a vibrant community. L.E.A.D. Athens helps individuals exceed their highest aspirations and work to build a stronger, better community.

Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens
An organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and support to local non-profits as well as international service projects.

Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia
Works to support and strengthen civic engagement and civil public discourse in communities throughout Georgia. The Russell Forum hosts about 15 public deliberative forums a year on a range of public issues such as energy, public education, health care and the economy. The Russell Forum also offers training in moderating and issue framing techniques.

Youth Leadership Athens
A program dedicated to providing civic education and leadership development to Athens area high school juniors. Participants develop themselves not only as future leaders in our community, but as individuals to become better friends, classmates, and family members.

Young Professionals Network
A group of younger persons employed in the Athens area that meet monthly to mix, mingle, and network with one another.

crime

Athens Justice Project
Provides legal representation, counseling and comprehensive social services to help indigent men and women who are charged with crimes to lead crime-free lives as self-supporting, productive citizens.

Families4Change
A nonprofit organization that provides an early intervention group program for youth and their families. Seeks to reduce recidivism rates, problem behaviors, and truancy among first-time juvenile offenders and at-risk school-age youth.

dance

Athens Folk Music & Dance Society
Promotes traditional music, dance, and art in Northeast Georgia.

Ballroom Dance Club
Provides opportunities for social ballroom dance and instruction on the UGA campus and in the Athens community. Offers a variety of free programs to the community.

Canopy
An arts center dedicated to enriching the culture of our community through aerial dance, movement education, and performance arts.

Classic City Squares
Offers square dancing and round dancing in a friendly atmosphere.

Dancefx
Dancefx Inc., a not-for-profit dance organization, is dedicated to bringing professional quality dance and other cutting-edge dance forms to the Athens community while providing a continuing education and performance outlet for dancers and artists to express themselves creatively.

Pamoja Dance Company
A performing dance company which celebrates the works of African American dancers and choreographers through artistic expression.

Swing Dance Club
Offers social dance from the swing era of the 1920s-1940s to the University of Georgia and Athens community.

Tango Evolution
A social club offering Argentine Tango dance classes and lessons.

Thistle & Kudzu Dance Group
A Scottish country dance group based in Athens welcoming both beginners and experienced dancers.

disabilities

Easter Seals North Georgia
Provides services to ensure that all children with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities.

Extra Special People
A non-profit organization with a passion for enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Empowers children and young adults to cultivate skills, self-confidence, and relationships through recreational therapy, community involvement, and the arts.

Georgia Options
A non-profit organization that enables persons with disabilities to live in their own homes and to have typical life experiences by providing residential support services in a ten-county area of Northeast Georgia.

Goodwill of North Georgia
The mission of Goodwill is to put people to work by providing services designed to develop job skills, improve employability, and enhance life skills. Goodwill's Workforce Development Program offers training and support to individuals with disabilities.

Hope Haven
A private non-profit organization that strives to prepare, empower, and support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the community.

Learning Ally
Making reading accessible for all. Provides educational materials in recorded and computerized formats for people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual, perceptual, or other physical disability.

Multiple Choices
Dedicated to empowering people with all types of disabilities and of all ages to live independently and control their lives as much as possible.

disaster response

American Red Cross - East Georgia Chapter
American Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting immediate, emergency, disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, mental health, and other services to address basic human needs and to enable people to resume their normal daily activities independently.

Community Emergency Response Team
The CERT program helps people to respond effectively and efficiently to emergency situations by providing training in disaster preparedness. The goal is to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in disaster situations.

domestic violence

Project Safe
A non-profit organization working to end violence against women through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, and support services for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Provides a safe shelter, a 24-hour hotline, support groups, children's programs, and community outreach.

economic development

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber fosters economic development and promotes local business to help the Athens community grow and prosper. Their website offers member information, a business directory, economic development information, and resources for visitors and residents of Athens.

Athens Area Community Foundation
A public philanthropic organization bringing together individuals, families, corporations, and private foundations to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of all people in the Athens community through charitable giving and civic involvement.

ACC Economic Development Foundation
A public-private agency created to work with chamber of commerce, government, and UGA officials in promoting existing industries and attracting new businesses.

Athens Downtown Development Authority
Acts a as liaison between government and the downtown business community to promote and enhance a safe and economically viable central business district.

Better Business Bureau
Serving Athens and Northeast Georgia by fostering fair and honest relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence, and contributing to an ethical business environment.

East Athens Development Corporation
A nonprofit community based development organization working to facilitate the economic empowerment of East Athens residents, and development and revitalization of the East Athens Community.

Economic Justice Coalition
Promotes a vision for economic fairness by advocating for fair wages and health benefits, quality jobs for low wage workers, corporate responsibility and accountability, and the rights of workers to organize.

Navy Supply Corps School Local Redevelopment Authority
A group of citizens that will lead efforts for the community in responding to the Base Realignment and Closure process. The mission of the LRA is to prepare a comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of the NSCS property

Northeast Georgia Regional Commission
NEGRC serves 12 counties in the Northeast Georgia region for regional issues concerning local government such as economic development, grant preparation and administration, job training, planning, and aging services.

OneAthens
A community initiative to identify and combat the causes of persistent poverty in Athens-Clarke County. OneAthens is a successor organization to Partners for A Prosperous Athens and works to implement comprehensive strategies to break the cycle of poverty.

education

Athens-Clarke Literacy Council
A non-profit volunteer organization that promotes and supports learning opportunities for adult residents in the Athens community to develop strong literacy skills.

Athens Tutorial Program
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing academic assistance, improving learning skills, and providing basic life skill enhancement and cultural enrichment opportunities to at-risk K-12 students.

Books for Keeps
Collects and distributes donated books to impoverished children with the goal of keeping keep low-income kids from falling behind in school by making sure that they have books of their own at home.

Communities In Schools
Helping children stay in school and prepare for life, this dropout prevention initiative fosters school readiness, school success, and healthy children.

Foundation for Excellence
Through an annual program of financial awards, grants, and scholarships, the Foundation provides a meaningful way to recognize, support, and reward outstanding teaching in the Clarke County School District.

Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia
A not-for-profit service of the State Bar of Georgia serving the educational needs of practicing lawyers.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation
Raises funds for and awards scholarships to women thirty-five years of age and older who are seeking to better themselves, their families, and their communities through undergraduate or vocational education.

Learning Ally
Making reading accessible for all. Provides educational materials in recorded and computerized formats for people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual, perceptual, or other physical disability.

Oasis Tutors
Sponsors an after-school program for students in grades PreK-3 for children of the Pinewood Estates North community only. Tutors help children with their homework and also reinforce necessary academic skills.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
A non-profit offering educational, cultural, social and physical programs with membership open to anyone over the age of 50. Osher's mission is to stimulate minds and forge friendships through continuing education.

Parent Teacher Organizations

Whatever It Takes
An initiative to end the intergenerational cycle of poverty by ensuring that all children of Athens graduate from a post-secondary education.

employment

Goodwill of North Georgia
The mission of Goodwill is to put people to work by providing services designed to develop job skills, improve employability, and enhance life skills.

Northeast Georgia Employee Assistance Program
Provides confidential assistance to employees in the identification and resolution of personal or work related issues that may affect productivity and satisfaction in the work environment as well as the employee's personal well being.

PALS
Partnering Ambassadors for Life and Service is a non-profit Christian service organization that develops and conducts educational and job skills classes to equip adult women to gain stable employment.

environment

Athens Grow Green Coalition
Promotes responsible community development policies that protect the environment, reduce sprawl, maintain a healthy economy, and preserve a high quality of life.

ACC Community Tree Council
Provides information, outreach, and education to promote responsible management of trees and forests of the Athens-Clarke County community.

Athens Land Trust
Works with landowners to preserve forestlands, river and stream corridors, wildlife habitats, working farmlands, and scenic vistas in and around Athens-Clarke County through the use of conservation easements.

BikeAthens
Promotes transportation and land-use policies that improve alternative modes of transportation, including pedestrian, cycling, and public transit options. The mission of BikeAthens is to make alternative transportation a practical, convenient & safe option for all citizens of Athens-Clarke County.

Broad River Watershed Association
A regional non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and management of the Broad River and its watershed in northeast Georgia.

Clean Air Athens
Concerned citizens from Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties working to improve local air quality and reduce industrial air pollution.

Clean Air Campaign
A non-profit organization working with government agencies, employers, schools and residents in Athens-Clarke County to help improve air quality and reduce traffic.

Creative Earth
A non-profit organization devoted to environmental education and stewardship through innovative programs and interactive workshops.

Emerging Green Builders of Athens
Offers students and young professionals the opportunity to get involved in the green building movement locally.

Environmental Law Association
An organization of UGA law students who seek to further the development of environmental law through activities designed to increase environmental awareness among members of the community and the UGA student body. Hosts the annual Red Clay Conference.

Georgia Land Conservation Center
An Athens-based organization that promotes the conservation of open land for the benefit of present and future generations.

Georgia River Network
A statewide environmental organization based in Athens dedicated to the conservation of Georgia's waters.

Institute for Wild Intelligence
The goal at Institute for Wild Intelligence is to care for the Earth and our children by connecting with nature, community, and self. Offers programs for children, adults, and families teaching nature awareness and skills.

Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful
A non-profit organization working toward a cleaner, more beautiful community by improving attitudes & behaviors regarding the environment.

MICAH's Mission
MICAH's (Ministry to Improve Childhood & Adolescent Health) Mission is a Christian ministry that provides services to families and communities to reduce their environmental threats with an emphasis on improving childhood and adolescent health.

Oconee Rivers Audubon Society
A group of bird and nature enthusiasts who promote the conservation and restoration of wildlife habitat through environmental education & activism.

Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission
Provides oversight for construction, management, and development of the countywide greenway network.

Oconee River Land Trust
A nonprofit organization conserving natural lands to protect water quality, preserve wildlife habitat, and enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

Sandy Creek Nature Center Inc.
A non-profit group that works in partnership with the ACC Department of Leisure Services to protect, guide, and support the environmental education and preservation work of Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Students for Environmental Action
A student-run organization on the UGA campus dedicated to environmental activism and education. Seeks to be a proactive force for environmental protection on campus, in the local community, and in the world.

Upper Oconee Watershed Network
A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving water quality in our watershed through community-based advocacy, monitoring, and education.

UGA Go Geen Alliance
A coalition of diverse environmentally-conscious student organizations at the University of Georgia. The goal of Go Green Alliance is to promote sustainability in an effective and cohesive manner, incorporating all aspects of the campus from academics to service and operations.

film

Film Athens
A non-profit networking and support organization working to educate, promote and advocate the growth of the film community and film industry in the Athens area.

food

Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
Works toward ending hunger by recovering donated food and distributing it to more than 200 non-profit human service agencies in 20 counties.

gardening

Athens Area Master Gardener Association
Members volunteer by conducting gardening clinics and answering gardening questions, working on community beautification projects, etc.

Garden Club of Georgia
With the mission of beautification, conservation, and education, the first garden club in America was founded in Athens in 1891. The state headquarters of the Garden Club are located on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden in Athens.

Piedmont Gardeners
A nonprofit organization of serious gardeners whose primary interest is enhancing their gardening skills and knowledge as well as promoting the love of gardening in the Athens area through community service projects.

gay, lesbian, & bisexual

GLOBES
Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees and Supporters of the University of Georgia. GLOBES is a diverse organization of faculty, staff, and administrators who strive to improve the campus climate, to foster progressive change, and to work for social justice, equity, and queer rights at UGA and beyond.

Lambda Alliance
Lambda Alliance's mission is to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally community at the University of Georgia.

health care

Athens Nurses Clinic
A non-profit, nurse-run organization providing free health care to the homeless, indigent and lower income in Athens-Clarke County.

Mercy Health Center
A volunteer-based non-profit Christian health center providing care for the uninsured in and around Athens with services including medical, pharmacy, and dental care.

health promotion

Wellness Council of Northeast Georgia
A non-profit coalition of health care providers, agencies, community groups and individuals. The Wellness Council seeks to increase efficiency and coordination for those working to improve the health of the community.

Athens Area Cancer Auxiliary
A volunteer organization working to eradicate cancer through education, awareness, service, and fundraising efforts to support local cancer causes.

Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia
A non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance for basic life needs such as housing, utilities, food and medications in order to help alleviate the financial burden of cancer for eligible patients.

Clute Barrow Nelson Life Foundation
A non-profit charitable organization established to help children with cancer by providing financial assistance to families in need.

MICAH's Mission
MICAH's (Ministry to Improve Childhood & Adolescent Health) Mission is a Christian ministry that provides services to families and communities to reduce their environmental threats with an emphasis on improving childhood and adolescent health.

Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northeast Georgia
Coalition members work to improve the health and quality of life in the Athens community by reducing the use of tobacco and its negative impact.

Hispanic

Casa de Amistad
The mission of Casa de Amistad is to promote the well-being of the underserved Hispanic population in the Athens area through social services, educational programs, and community development.

Oasis Catˇlico Santa Rafaela
A Catholic outreach and ministry dedicated to helping the Hispanic community of Athens by providing a range of services including transportation, food, clothing, health screenings, tutoring, interpretive services, worship opportunities, and more.

Oasis Tutors
Sponsors an after-school program for students in grades PreK-3 for children of the Pinewood Estates North community only. Tutors help children with their homework and also reinforce necessary academic skills.

history & preservation

Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation
As a leading advocate for the importance of historic preservation to the future of Athens, ACHF seeks to be a proactive force in developing community-wide understanding of the value of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage.

ACC Historic Preservation Commission
A seven-member body composed of ACC residents appointed by the Mayor and Commission to deliberate and make recommendations regarding the protection of historic resources in Athens-Clarke County.

Athens Historical Society
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Athens, Clarke County, and the surrounding area.

Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society
Promotes the collection and preservation of information about Clarke and Oconee Counties and helps members further individual research efforts and knowledge.

HIV/AIDS

AIDS Athens
A grassroots non-profit organization committed to caring for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Serves 10 counties of Northeast Georgia.

Boybutante AIDS Foundation
A non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for AIDS support services. Provides funding for programs that serve people living with HIV/AIDS, and for educational programs targeted at HIV/AIDS prevention and elimination of prejudice and discrimination against HIV/AIDS-affected individuals.

UGA HEROs
A non-profit student-run organization helping provide quality of life care to kids infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia.

homeless

Athens Area Homeless Shelter
Provides shelter and supportive services to homeless families & individuals in Athens-Clarke County. Fosters public awareness of homelessness and works cooperatively with the community to eliminate homelessness.

Bigger Vision of Athens
A non-profit community winter shelter serving the homeless in Athens.

The Healing Place of Athens
The mission of the Healing Place is to help homeless men who are addicted to drugs and alcohol to achieve productive, independent, and sober lives. Provides an overnight shelter, a Christian-based residential recovery program, transitional housing and services, and an aftercare program.

Interfaith Hospitality Network
A coalition of more than 15 area congregations that have partnered together to combat homelessness in Northeast Georgia by helping homeless families with children to achieve sustainable independence.

The Stable Foundation
An organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness by providing housing to families & individuals in need in Athens and surrounding areas.

housing

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
An ecumenical Christian-based housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Clarke, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties.

Athens Housing Authority
Ensures the housing needs of low-and-moderate income families by providing secure, affordable, quality housing and resources which encourage and sustain independence for wage earners, elderly, and their families.

Athens Land Trust
A private non-profit corporation that builds affordable, energy-efficient houses for low to moderate income families.

ReNew Athens
An adaptive reuse program that creates affordable housing options for low income individuals through the environmentally conscious renovation of existing multifamily units. ReNew Athens utilizes volunteer labor and community partnerships to create a homeownership opportunity for families who earn close to minimum wage.

human services

Family Connection
The official planning and coordinating body for services for children and families in Athens-Clarke County. Family Connection is a partnership of ninety organizations working together for all children and families to succeed in school and in life.

Community Connection of Northeast Georgia
An information and referral agency that provides a telephone hotline (211) to help people locate social service agencies which assist with basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, housing, health care, mental health, and disability services.

Hands On Northeast Georgia
A volunteer center that helps individuals, families, and corporate and community groups to find flexible service opportunities at various organizations in Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties. Hands On Northeast Georgia creates, organizes, and leads meaningful service projects that positively impact the community.

Volunteer UGA
A campus volunteer center designed to connect UGA students with the many opportunities for community service in the Athens community.

Action Ministries - Athens
A faith-based organization assisting the hungry, homeless, and working poor in Athens Clarke-County through various programs and services such as food assistance, nursing care, GED classes and computer skills training, veterans assistance, and distribution of health and hygiene items.

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems
A publicly-funded provider of behavioral health, developmental disability, and addictive disease services in a ten-county area of Northeast Georgia.

The Ark
The Ark United Ministry Outreach Center serves as an extension of the religious communities of the Athens-Clarke County area by responding to neighbors who need material and personal support. Provides financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis for basic needs such as rent, utilities and prescription medicine.

Casa de Amistad
The mission of Casa de Amistad is to promote the well-being of the underserved Hispanic population in the Athens area through social services, educational programs, and community development.

Oasis Catˇlico Santa Rafaela
A Catholic outreach and ministry dedicated to helping the Hispanic community of Athens by providing a range of services including transportation, food, clothing, health screenings, tutoring, interpretive services, worship opportunities, and more.

POUR Inc.
A local nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues of poverty in Northeast Georgia with a focus on serving the needs of the working poor.

Salvation Army of Athens Georgia
An evangelical Christian organization providing social services such as emergency shelter, drug/alcohol abuse rehabilitation, rent assistance, clothing and food assistance, and disaster relief services.

Sparrow's Nest Mission
A non-profit Christian ministry that serves the at-risk population of the inner-city Athens community. Provides after-school programs, tutoring and mentoring, job counseling and placement, drug and alcohol counseling, emergency financial assistance, and more.

United Way Of Northeast Georgia
A non-profit organization which raises money to support 26 human services agencies which offer a broad mix of programs and services throughout the seven county Northeast Georgia area.

industry & trade

Athens Apartment Association
A local chapter of the Georgia Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association. Provides education courses and legal support and keeps its members abreast of issues that arise in the apartment industry.

Athens Area Association of Realtors
Provides its members with services, programs, and education which advocate private property rights, professionalism, and ethical real estate practices while promoting a positive realtor image in the community.

Athens Area Council of Real Estate Appraisers
An organization of appraisers in the Athens-Clarke County area who have joined together to promote good business ethics and higher educational standards for the real estate appraisal profession.

Athens Area Home Builders Association
A trade association representing the building industry in Clarke, Oconee, Madison, and Oglethorpe counties. Strives to create a favorable climate for quality, affordable construction to assure a positive economic future for the community.

Athens Society for Human Resource Management
A non-profit society of human resource professionals representing business, government, and education.

International Association of Administrative Professionals
The Athens chapter of IAAP aims to provide information, education, and training for administrative professionals and to enhance their individual and collective value, image, competence and influence.

law

Athens Justice Project
Provides legal representation, counseling and comprehensive social services to help indigent men and women who are charged with crimes to lead crime-free lives as self-supporting, productive citizens.

Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia
A not-for-profit service of the State Bar of Georgia serving the educational needs of practicing lawyers.

mental health & counseling

Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia
A non-profit volunteer organization working to enhance the lives of individuals with mental illness, to foster healthier attitudes toward mental illness through education, and to advocate for the rights of individuals experiencing mental illness.

Athens Pregnancy Center
A Christian non-profit organization that provides faith-based support & counseling to anyone facing the challenge of unintended pregnancy.

Family Counseling Services of Athens
A non-profit agency providing individual, marriage, and family counseling to Northeast Georgia residents. Agency staff include social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and certified addiction counselors.

Nuši Phillips Memorial Foundation
Operates Nuçi’s Space, a non-profit health and music resource center. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical, and professional well-being of musicians.

Samaritan Counseling Center
An interfaith counseling service of licensed professionals who provide confidential, compassionate services to individuals, families, and community groups with respect for personal beliefs and values.

music

Athens Chamber Singers
A small audition-only choral ensemble performing sacred and secular pieces of all eras.

Athens Choral Society
A community chorus with membership open, without audition, to anyone who enjoys learning and performing major works of choral music.

Athens Folk Music & Dance Society
Promotes traditional music, dance, and art in Northeast Georgia.

Athens Holiday Singers
A professional caroling ensemble providing traditional and popular Christmas music.

Athens Master Chorale
A non-profit select 50+ member volunteer concert choir.

Athens Symphony Orchestra
A non-profit community orchestra founded in 1978.

Athens Youth Symphony
The Athens Youth Symphony is comprised of elementary, middle, and high school musicians from Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding counties.

Georgia Children's Chorus
A non-profit auditioned choral organization featuring boys and girls ages 8-18 in a child-centered environment that fosters musical growth and a love of singing.

Lyric League
The Athens-based Lyric League is a 20-person choral ensemble comprised of singers from Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Elbert and Hall counties.

Nuši Phillips Memorial Foundation
Operates Nuçi’s Space, a non-profit health and music resource center. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical, and professional well-being of musicians.

Performing Ensembles at the University of Georgia
Information about the student and faculty performance groups within the UGA School of Music.

UGA Community Music School
An outreach program designed to bring musical instruction to community members of all ages in and around the Athens area.

neighborhood associations

Athens-Clarke County Federation of Neighborhoods

Historic Boulevard Neighborhood Association

Cedar Creek Civic Association

Cobbham Historic District

Friends of Five Points

Huntington Park Community Association

Kingswood Neighborhood Association

Lavender Glen Homeowners Association

Normaltown Neighborhood Network

Olde Lexington Gardens

Pinecrest Community Association

Shoal Creek Farms Neighborhood Association

University Heights Community Association

Wyndfield Neighborhood Association

parenting

Athens Mothers Center
A non-profit organization for mothers offering discussion and activity groups, parenting education, social events, and information about community resources.

Full Bloom Pregnancy and Early Parenting Center
Provides a safe, nurturing environment in which parents can learn, grow and be supported on their parenting journey. Offers classes, workshops, and activities that promote positive, healthy choices.

La Leche League of Greater Athens
An non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

parks

Friends of Southeast Clarke Park
A non-profit organization that works closely with Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services to assist with the development, enhancement, preservation, maintenance, and future planning of the park.

politics & activism

Clarke County Democratic Committee

Clarke County Republican Committee

Common Ground Athens
A community resource center for progressive social change.

religion

InterFaith Cultural Organization Of Athens
A non-profit, multi-cultural, faith based organization dedicated to finding & celebrating the common ties that bind us and to fostering understanding, tolerance, respect, and love towards our fellow human beings by sharing cultures and spiritual traditions of the world's sacred religions.

Athens Christian Women's Connection
"A non-denominational ministry with a heart for women to know God and grow in relationship to Him."

North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church
Serving Methodist churches in the Athens-Elberton District.

Northeast Georgia Presbytery
A Presbytery headquartered in Athens consisting of 58 churches located in northeastern Georgia.

Sarepta Baptist Association
An association of over 70 churches and missions located in Clarke, Jackson, Madison, and Oglethorpe counties in Northeast Georgia.

University of Georgia Registered Student Groups
Over 30 student organizations representing a variety of religions & faiths.

seniors

Athens Community Council on Aging
Offers various services which enrich the lives of elders in the 12-county NE Georgia area. ACCA's programs enable older persons to live independently at home and provide opportunities for employment, volunteerism, and continued learning.

sexual assault

The Cottage
Provides support services for survivors and families impacted by sexual assault and child abuse. Services include a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, counseling referrals, prevention education, and emergency financial assistance for basic needs.

substance abuse

Athens Area Alcoholics Anonymous
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Freedom From Bondage
A non-profit organization that operates a women's residence for recovery from alcohol and/or drug dependency. Provides a safe, sober, stabilizing environment for women with substance abuse problems.

The Healing Place of Athens
The mission of the Healing Place is to help homeless men who are addicted to drugs and alcohol to achieve productive, independent, and sober lives. Provides an overnight shelter, a Christian-based residential recovery program, transitional housing and services, and an aftercare program.

Palm House Recovery Center
A non-profit organization that provides shelter and counseling for men and women seeking treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse. Palm House provides an environment where people can become responsible, productive members of society through recovery.

Recovery Athens
An initiative of social work students offering information and support to individuals with alcohol and drug addictions in the UGA and Athens communities. Sponsored by the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia.

technology

Free IT Athens
A non-profit community advocate for fair and open technology in Athens, working to provide access to low-cost computer equipment and information technology resources.

theatre

Athens Community Theatre :: Town & Gown Players
Athens' oldest community theatre company, Town & Gown has produced since 1953 and made its home in the Athens Community Theatre since 1968. Community members ranging from theater professionals to skilled amateur actors present two series of productions on the Mainstage and Second Stage.

Athens Creative Theatre
A non-profit community theatre serving Athens since 1966. ACT is a division of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department.

Rose of Athens Theatre
A professional non-profit theatre company cultivating a diversity of voices and the communion of all peoples through the exploration of various artistic disciplines, ethnicities, gender-studies, and religions in the city of Athens and its surrounding communities.

Athens Little Playhouse
A children's theatre that provides opportunities for children and young adults 5 to 21 years of age to participate in the theatre arts through instruction and performance.

Young Actors Studio
A nonprofit organization that provides theatrical and educational opportunities for children and young adults within the Athens area.

transportation

BikeAthens
Promotes transportation and land-use policies that improve alternative modes of transportation, including pedestrian, cycling, and public transit options. The mission of BikeAthens is to make alternative transportation a practical, convenient & safe option for all citizens of Athens-Clarke County.

Safe Routes to School
Seeks to make biking and walking to school safer activities for children, and promotes walking and biking to school as healthy, environmentally friendly alternatives to each family driving their children to school.

Designated Dawgs
The mission of Designated Dawgs is to make Athens a safer place by providing UGA students and others in need with safe, free, nonjudgmental rides home. A nonprofit organization staffed by student volunteers.

Clean Air Campaign
A non-profit organization working with government agencies, employers, schools and residents in Athens-Clarke County to help improve air quality and reduce traffic.

MACORTS: Madison Athens Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study
MACORTS is responsible for the comprehensive transportation planning process. Includes all of Athens-Clarke County, the northern half of Oconee County, and the southern portion of Madison County.

University of Georgia

Centers, Institutes, and Programs
Links to websites of institutes, laboratories, centers, and programs located at or affiliated with UGA.

Student Organizations at UGA
A guide to over 500 registered student organizations.

veterans

Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Mitchell-Fields VFW Post 2872 has served the Athens area for over 60 years.