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Side by Side eNewsletter – August

 Save the Date: Wednesday, November 6th

We have so much to be thankful for. Our supporters have allowed us to provide brain injury services for two decades! Plus, we JUST finished a multi-year renovation on our Clubhouse. We hope you’ll come and celebrate with friends, new and old. It will be a chance to look back at what we’ve accomplished together and for us to explain what our building upgrades will enable us to do in the future.

Please mark your calendars – more details coming soon!

Side by Side Honored for Best Civic Group by the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Last week, a group of members got dressed up, braved rush hour traffic and headed to the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s volunteer appreciation dinner. The folks that attended are part of the regular “crew” that volunteers there. And these aren’t casual volunteers. Last year they logged over 841 volunteer hours at local Atlanta nonprofits. 

We asked Jia, (pictured below; front, right) before they headed out that day why she chooses to volunteer. She quickly responded, “I like to give back. I’ve always been taught that to those whome much has been given, much is required.”

Side by Side Member JR on his Caregiver

Family is a beautiful and complicated thing. Member JR shared during a recent program meeting about the early days after his car accident. He told all the members and staff about how his mother was there every step of the way. 

He was honest about the fact that he wasn’t always appreciative of her then. So, he jumped at the chance to share how he now understands that he could not be where he is today without her support. 

Click here to watch his JR tell us about his mom.

JR is one of Side by Side’s biggest sports fans.
His teams: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Yankees, Golden State Warriors,
Atlanta United and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Transitional Employment: Felicia

Felicia picked up the torch from Javon as the next member to take advantage of our first transitional employment site. Now Stone Ridge Event Center has hosted Chase, JR, Jason and Felicia.

Here’s a snapshot of her first day!

Side by Side is on Amazon Smile

f you’re an Amazon customer – check this out! You can use the link below to login to Amazon through AmazonSmile. It looks exactly the same as the Amazon you know and love, but it’s very different. Why? Because The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases

Details from Amazon:

You can use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, wish list, wedding or baby registry and other account settings are also the same.” Click here for more info on AmazonSmile>>

A Few Important Notes We Learned

Amazon.com and Amazon mobile app purchases do not apply. Since it’s hard break a habit (we do love that app), we suggest you just create a bookmark with the AmazonSmile link.

Here’s an example of an “Eligible Product” 

Now that you know about AmazonSmile…Are you in???
Click on this link to connect your purchases to Side by Side. 

Upcoming Events for Active Members & Families

Sept. 9 and Sept 26 – Lions Lighthouse

A team from Side by Side heads over to Chamblee to clean and sort donated glasses as part of their Eyeglass Recycling Program. This is a great opportunity to get out with a group and have fun! Plus, it is a great option for members that need to sit while they give back.

Sept. 13 – Gamenight & Caregiver Support Group

Thanks to Side by Side Board member Yogita Tailor of Emory for sponsoring this month’s gamenight!

September 17 – Food Bank

fter being reconized by the Food Bank, our team is geared up to go back!

Saturday September 28 – Side by Side Family Breakfast

Come one, come all! BUT make sure to let us know if you’re coming. All current members are invited to the Clubhouse on Saturday, September 28 from 10AM – 12PM. Current members may bring up to 2 guests. 

We’ll have breakfast catered by our sponsors, The Marks Law Group. Thanks to them, it’s a free event for our families. Since our members come to Side by Side an average of two days a week, events like this are the perfect opportunity to meet folks who come on different days. 

RSVP to Alexis at [email protected] by Saturday, Sept. 14 so that we can order enough food! Questions? Call 770-469-9355 or click here for more info>>