Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Top Atlanta Foundation

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This National Volunteer Week, it’s important to remember that community service and instilling its values should start at a young age. While in Atlanta for Girls Night Out at The Biltmore Ballrooms, Shecky’s caught up with Dr. Sue Sehgal, president and founder of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation/Campus Community Partnership Foundation or, in short, C2P.

Sue shared with us that C2P’s vision is, “To create a lifelong commitment in students to serve the community with experience provided while in school by connecting their education with service to make a difference in the lives of others in the world.”

The foundation encourages young, academic-minded adults to volunteer and awards them accolades such as the CASE (Community Academic Service Entrepreneur) grants which allow students to implement proposed projects for the public good. CASE projects run the gamut—from improving indoor air quality for villagers in Honduras to selling newspapers for recycling. Essentially, C2P functions like a seed investor and incubator of innovative, entrepreneurial starts-ups imagined by college students—instilling the values of lifelong community service at a young age.

Sue is quite an impressive woman whose fellow (mostly male) Board of Directors includes a former senator and ambassador to the United Nations. Under her leadership, C2P programs have expanded from Georgia to 27 states and four continents.

How did we discover this amazing lady? Shecky’s President, Claudia Chan, met Sue in Washington, D.C. at a convention. The two started discussing the relevance of social good with business and entrepreneurship and immediately bonded over a few glasses of Pinot.

We encourage you to get involved by supporting a cause of your choice in honor of National Volunteer Week!

GIRL TALK TIME: What do you think of this cause? How are you volunteering and celebrating National Volunteer Week? What changes would you like to implement in your community?

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