For our February Volunteer Project, the Brownieland Team signed up to “Be a (Virtual) Fan for Special Olympics” with Special Olympics of GA (SOGA) through virtual volunteer opportunities offered by Pebble Tossers!
Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The goal of SOGA is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given a chance to become useful and productive citizens. Twenty-six different sports are offered for athletes to experience. Athletes ranging from age eight through senior participate in Special Olympics, gaining life skills and confidence in their athletic ability. Athletes ages 2-7 may also participate via SOGA’s Young Athletes (TM) program. SOGA is truly a grassroots effort. Only through a volunteer base of more than 45,000 can SOGA fulfill its mission in serving athletes and continue to grow. Special Olympics has a unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together. The COVID-19 pandemic has required SOGA to tap into new and creative ways to involve volunteers across the state of Georgia in virtual activities in support of its athletes. For example, in February, SOGA hosted the “Valentine’s Day Cards Event,” asking volunteers to create or purchase Valentines for athletes. Another volunteer opportunity with SOGA is “Letters of Encouragement,” where participants write an athlete a letter (or poem, card, or draw a picture) encouraging them to keep pushing through these difficult times. Sign up for this opportunity along with other upcoming events HERE.
The Brownieland Team chose the “Be A (Virtual) Fan” volunteer event created for athletes who are missing their SOGA fans. Volunteers are asked to take a photo of themselves holding up a homemade poster recognizing SOGA athletes’ accomplishments and cheering them on with encouraging messages. These messages are shared on SOGA social media channels for athletes who miss seeing their fans in-person. This opportunity is ongoing throughout the year, allowing volunteers the flexibility to participate whenever they can. Learn more and sign up for this volunteer opportunity through Pebble Tossers HERE.
Pebble Tossers is a nonprofit youth organization and family resource that matches children’s interests and abilities with the needs of their community. Service is the cornerstone of the Pebble Tossers mission. Pebble Tossers serves in ten counties across greater Atlanta and partners with nonprofits to offer service projects for all ages. Currently, Pebble Tossers provides both in-person and virtual service opportunities. Learn more about volunteer opportunities through Pebble Tossers HERE. It is not the first time the Brownieland Team has volunteered through Pebble Tossers, and it certainly won’t be the last. Every time we volunteer for opportunities offered by Pebble Tossers, we have fun while giving back. We can understand why their motto is: Start a Ripple of Giving!