Who Are We?
What started on March 20, 2013, in an Atlanta park, with just twenty-one bologna sandwiches has grown into an impactful grassroots organization. We have fed, clothed, and helped with various other support systems for tens of thousands of homeless people, provided Veterans with reconstructive dentistry, and been privileged to adopt a public school in one of Atlanta’s poorest neighborhoods.
Hands Across Atlanta is making a Difference
We have 3 Branches:
1) “Potluck in the Park” is every second Sunday of the month since the day we delivered those sandwiches in 2013. We either walk through downtown looking for those homeless in need, or we set up in a park downtown so we can provide food, clothing, haircuts, and hygiene products.
2) Our next successful venture was reconstructive dentistry for Veterans. We noticed several of the homeless Veterans were in dire need of dental work. We started with one, and through the donations of local dentists volunteering their work, we now help one Veteran a month.
3) Then we were approached by the Atlanta Public School system. They asked if we would be willing to help one of their schools, Heritage Academy. It has a tremendous number of children in need of items other children seem to be lucky enough to have. Give them a chance to be more like their peers at particular times of the year. So far, we have collected costumes, holiday presents, and school supplies.
Working Together to Be the Change We Want to See
“To show people who are in need that there are always those willing to help.”
“To stand for those who may not be able to stand on their own.”
“Those who have a heart for those less fortunate.”
Meet Our Founder
Letter from the Founder
Thank you so much for your interest in Hands Across Atlanta.
My name is Marcus Acosta, and I am honored to be the Founder of one of Atlanta’s fastest-growing nonprofit Organizations.
Our mission all began when I was 23. While going through my Mother’s stage 4 cancer, I experienced an incredible change. It was as if I suddenly realized that my life needed more meaning. I left my well-paying office job and began searching for a way to serve others. Incredibly, my Mother beat the Cancer, and out of this tragic event, something beautiful emerged.
A friend and I were feeling burdened by the stresses of what was going on around us. We decided to get out of our funk and do something about it. Our initial plan was to bring a few bologna sandwiches to the park. What happened to us was life-changing. We suddenly realized that our problems seemed so much more insignificant. We had taken our first step.
We started to ask our friends and family if they would like to join us once a month, going downtown to help the homeless as a way of sharing this incredible feeling with others.
In response, we found ourselves leading groups of friends and strangers into what has grown to become known as our Monthly “Potluck in the Park.” What started as one or two friends quickly became hundreds of men and women. Suddenly we were going Viral throughout Atlanta!
We have never stopped. Hundreds of volunteers, just like you, join us every single month, to share their gifts with those less fortunate, to better the lives of those living on the streets of Atlanta. Through hard work and long hours, we have managed to provide hot meals, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene products, and even services like free haircuts.
Through our unique dentistry program, we have given Veterans the dental assistance they needed. Many have returned with horrific dental problems caused by their services overseas. Dentists from all over the Atlanta area have answered our calls for help. They have been donating their services for free to fix some very extreme cases.
Our latest endeavor was an invitation from the Atlanta Public School system to help underprivileged children receive the same benefits as their peers. In response, we have run costume drives, toy drives, and school supply outreach so these children can come to school prepared for success.
We plan on bringing bring sunshine to the world of those who live in darkness, as well as help anybody we can to get back on their feet.
Every dollar donated to help others comes back two-fold, helping feed those that are hungry and giving pride back to those who served so honorably. I believe we are capable of making a difference, and any time you contribute to that difference, we leave the world a better place for our Children.
Thank you very much on behalf of our Hands Across Atlanta Family.
President / Founder
+ 1000’s of big-hearted volunteers