(Atlanta, GA) More than 400 local residents joined an afternoon of fun while helping to create a stronger community this past Saturday at NACA’s first Atlanta-area Community Day Out at East Point City Hall.
State Senator Sonya Halpern, District 6 Fulton County Commissioner Kadijah Abdur-Rahman and East Point City Councilman Joshua Butler were all on hand to address the crowd and speak one-on-one with many of the people in attendance.
The event was a family-friendly environment with free fried fish and hot dogs, and a deejay provided music. Cotton candy and candied apples were also free. Meanwhile, residents had access to voter registration, information on housing assistance for both renters and homeowners, and hiring information from NACA, Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, Paige Courier Service and the Fulton County Sheriff’s office. Many also registered to become part of Neighborhood Action Committees being formed in East Point.
Members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority assisted, passing out PPE to make sure all in attendance were following social distancing guidelines, and dozens of NACA volunteers dressed in maroon “NACtivist” t-shirts helped with setup, handled registration and made sure the event kept running smoothly.
NACA National Director Angeanette Thibodeaux noted, “Our first in the Atlanta area was all we could have hoped for. It was a very enjoyable time for everyone who came, with good food and good entertainment. We also had an amazing opportunity to speak with our community leaders and truly engage with them about the issues that most concern us. Our next Community Day out will be even bigger.”
Thibodeaux also announced that an even bigger Community Day Out will be held this coming Saturday, April 24th, at The Gathering Place Community Center, 6280 Bryant St, Union City, GA 30291 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.
“As we continue our commitment to the communities in the Atlanta Metro, this second Community Day Out is going to be even bigger than the first. All of our participants from the first event are returning, and we have commitments from even more participants. We are even more excited by the fact that we will have 600 doses of Covid-19 vaccine that will be administered on-site by the Fulton County Health Department on a walk-up basis. There is absolutely no charge and no appointments will be needed.”
NACA, the nation’s largest HUD certified, non-profit housing and community advocacy organization, is inviting all community leaders, residents, organizations, churches and businesses to ongoing series of Community Days Out to discuss and find solutions to the issues and concerns that local residents face each day while providing a kid-friendly place for the entire family to enjoy the day.
Social Distancing will be strictly enforced at the Community Day Out. Masks will be required for all participants and PPE will be provided for those who need it.