Become a member of A4E! Register here!
We are volunteer-run. Athens for Everyone members commit to volunteering 3 hours or donating $60 annually. Volunteering is done on the honor system and members keep track of their own hours. Email Member Coordinator Imani Scott-Blackwell and Volunteer Coordinator Heidi Schmidt to learn more.
How do you want to help change the world?
13 things you can do to get involved with Athens for Everyone (number 13 will shock you)!
1. Show up!
Having a mass presence demonstrates solidarity, whether through filling the room at Mayor & Commission meetings or showing up in the hundreds to marches & rallies. Check out our event calendar and let’s hit the streets!
2. Create a connection between A4E and your community!
We’d love you to tell your church group, school, or book club about what Athens for Everyone does. But more importantly, we want to hear about the work you’re doing, and what issues are most important to your community. Email us! Solidarity will make us strong. Ask us for literature you can hand out. For groups of 10 people or more, we can come by for a in-person visit, or set up a meeting at our office.
3. Knock on Doors
Join our canvassing teams to unite our city and get out the vote. Organization Coordinator and veteran canvasser Adam Lassila will lead teams and show new canvassers the ropes. Check our calendar for upcoming canvassing days, or Email us to learn more.
Surge with us to make calls to Get Out The Vote for progressive candidates and referendums during elections, and help Operations Coordinator Chris Dowd do vital fundraising and outreach during downtime. Just bring a phone! RSVP to our phonebanking event on facebook, or check the calendar. Email us to learn more.
5. Table at events
We always need folks to table! Help us tell folks at local events what A4E is all about. Email Volunteer Coordinator Heidi Schmidt to learn more.
6. Speak at a Mayor and Commission Meeting
Filling City Hall with members and allies to speak during key Mayor and Commission meetings has contributed to our winning Sunday Bus Service and a Living Wage for all ACC Workers, and we continue to use this successful strategy to fight for progressive change at the local level. Speak truth to power, at the podium. Follow our facebook or check our calendar for alerts on a fill-the-room event.
Join an Initiative
Our initiative structure gets people together for a focused fight for justice. Initiatives meet once a month and are self-run. Check our calendar for meeting times; meetings are open to everyone.
7. Housing Justice
The Housing Justice initiative led A4E’s push against the Mitchell Street development, and guides A4E’s housing policy. Email Housing Justice to get involved.
8. Education Campaign
The Education Campaign is key in deciding A4E’s position on School Board elections. Email the Education Campaign to get involved.
9. GAIN: Green Athens Initiative
Our environmental initiative is currently advocating for a ban or fee on single-use plastic bags in Athens Clarke County. Email GAIN to get involved.
10. Writing and Research
11. Photography, Video and Graphic Design
Tell us your skill set, and we’ll reach out to you to photograph an event or design a flyer. Or pitch us a project! We always need cool content. Email Design Coordinator Eleanor Davis.
12. Be A Megaphone
Call your legislators! Join our Legislative Action Network, which will alert you to primarily state and local legislation that needs to either be built up or shouted down.
Beef up your volunteer hours by letter writing with our allies at the People Power Happy Hour, a group that meets once a month at HiLo. Point person Al Dixon.
13. YOU tell US!
Athens for Everyone is what our members make it. From hosting a resistance dinner to starting a new initiative, we love it when people step up to get engaged. If you want to fight for progressive change that’s in line with the A4E mission, A4E wants to provide the support for you to get involved in whatever way suits you best! Email Member Coordinator Imani Scott-Blackwell with your ideas for what you can do to transform Athens, Georgia.