October Newsletter

Here’s the latest scoop from the Georgia Festival of Trees!

We can hardly believe that it is October. The weather is changing, and the holidays will soon be upon us. We have been working non-stop on the Festival since early January and are confident that this year will be bigger and better!
 
 Tickets are selling early this year and the community is excited to see all the Christmas cheer we have to offer! We will need a lot of help to the prepare, set up, and run the festival. It is a labor of love that can only be accomplished by an amazing group like you!
  
Be sure to head to our volunteer portal and sign up for your preferred shifts. Many departments are filling fast! Go to InItLive to explore our portal and find the perfect volunteer opportunity.
 
 We look forward to serving with you!
 
GA Festival of Trees

If you are interested in helping with any of our Fall Projects, please click the button below to sign up for a weekend that works for you.

We need help with painting, construction, tree decorating, organizing, and much, much more.

Our warehouse is a unique place where we get to enjoy Christmas every day. It’s truly our happy place, and we love to have new friends join us there.

Volunteer Orientations continue this month, so be sure to click the green box above to sign up for one that is convenient for you.

The orientation will last for 1 hour, cover basic information about volunteering at the Festival, and answer any questions you have.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you.

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Available Dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct 25th
  • Wednesday, Nov 2nd
  • Saturday, Nov 5th
  • Tuesday, Nov 8th
  • Saturday, Nov 12th

Available Dates:

 Tuesday, Oct 25th || Wednesday, November 2nd || Saturday , November 5th || Tuesday, November 8th || Saturday, November 12th

To coincide with these volunteer orientations, we will release our 2022 Volunteer Handbook. Please keep an eye on your email.

If you have not received it by September 12th, please request a copy by contacting us at: volunteers@gafestivaloftrees.org.

We are pleased to share another “My Story”, a personal testimony from participants and graduates of Wellspring Living. (Please Note: All names have been changed.)

“Erika, 16, came to the Receiving Hope Center after being rescued in a sting operation. Erika had run away from home to a city across the state with other teenagers. Once there, she did not have the freedom she thought she would. She fell into the hands of a trafficker and was exploited night after night until her rescue.

At first, Erika did not recognize her risky behaviors were serious and was not honest about her past. She was withdrawn and skeptical of the staff.

Now, after several weeks in treatment, Erika is effectively communicating with her aunt, her primary caregiver, without arguing and enjoys both school and therapy. Erika said she feels supported by staff and her therapist and recently shared that she loves being at the Receiving Hope Center and truly feels like this is the best place for her to be.”

 

For more inspiration and why we chose to partner with Wellspring Living, please take a moment to view this video:

Sponsor Spotlight

For the second year since the event’s 2021 revival, Atlanta Gas Light will sponsor the annual Georgia Festival of Trees.

As the popular holiday event’s presenting sponsor, Atlanta Gas Light will partner with the Georgia Festival of Trees to support the event’s beneficiary, Wellspring Living, which provides specialized recovery services for domestic sex trafficking survivors.

The winter and holiday season is a time of warmth and celebration, but for thousands of individuals affected by domestic sex-trafficking in metro Atlanta the idea of a warm, safe, and hopeful holiday could not be further from reality. Atlanta Gas Light is proud to provide natural gas warmth every winter and holiday season and to support the Georgia Festival of Trees’ mission to benefit Wellspring Living.

Atlanta Gas Light provides clean, safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas delivery service to approximately 1.7 million customers in Georgia. Atlanta Gas Light’s field employees are uniquely positioned to support the fight against human trafficking. Since they are often required to work within homes and businesses, field employees are trained on how to identify potential human trafficking scenarios and report them to local authorities.

Together with the Georgia Festival of Trees, Atlanta Gas Light supports Wellspring Living in providing transformative care that yields positive, life-changing results for trafficking survivors.

Georgia Festival of Trees Departmental News

This month we are proud to present to you the Set Up and Tear Down Department! Read more about this opportunity and if interested, sign up TODAY!

Setup and Teardown is the core team of the festival. Be a part of the team that helps make the magic happen! From beginning to end, this team makes it all look so effortless. And of course, with Mark Maher at the helm, this year’s team is ready to go.

Click here to sign up for Set Up, and click here to sign up for Tear Down.

We are also pleased to present to you the Decorating Department! Read more about this opportunity and if interested, sign up TODAY!

Are you looking to express your inner creative? Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays? Then this amazing team is where you want to volunteer. Our Ella Romney, Chairperson Extraordinaire, is ready to make this year’s decorations more breathtaking than last years and you don’t want to miss out being a part of it!

Click here to sign up for the Decorating Department.

 

 

Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale now! Volunteers will receive two free “Thank You” tickets to the Festival.

We will release the ticket code to redeem the volunteer “Thank You” tickets the week of November 7th.

For additional tickets, please go to www.gafestivaloftrees.org/tickets

Questions? Email us at volunteers@gafestivaloftrees.org