Life-Changers Breakfast 2015
Life-Changing leadership, service, racism, compassion, equality and football were some of the many topics discussed at the first Action Ministries We Are Life-Changers breakfast on Friday, Oct. 16. Sports giants and coaches Bill Curry, Homer Rice and Dan Reeves hosted a personal and heartwarming morning for 225 guests at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church to support the mission of Action Ministries to lead people out of poverty.
John Moeller, President & CEO of Action Ministries, and Mark Kauffman, CEO of Kauffman Tire, presented the Kauffman Service in Action Award to the nonprofit’s outstanding volunteers. The Kauffman Service in Action Award was founded in honor of Kauffman’s father, John, who left a legacy of generosity and service by giving to others and encouraging the employees of his company to give back to their communities.
The 2015 Kauffman Service in Action Award recipients were Emma (Outstanding Youth Volunteer); City of Jenkinsburg (Outstanding Volunteer Group); Georgia’s Own Credit Union (Outstanding Corporate Volunteer); and Pamela Burrell (Outstanding Individual Volunteer).
Emma is a sixth-grade student volunteer, and she volunteers with her class each week at the Women’s Community Kitchen in Atlanta. With a heart for public service, she also has raised money, volunteered and organized drives for the International Rescue Committee for refugee families, the Atlanta Humane Society and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
This summer, the City of Jenkinsburg in Butts County, including Mayor David Nestor and a group of city employees, sponsored, packed and delivered lunches to hungry children in their community and opened up City Hall for Smart Lunch, Smart Kid lunch distribution, serving as a drop-off point for lunches made by local businesses.
The employees of Georgia’s Own Credit Union have volunteered for nearly five years in the Women’s Community Kitchen in Atlanta, including organizing soap and sock drives to meet client needs. In 2015, they hosted the “It’s in the Bag!” point-of-sale campaign, raising $27,000 for Smart Lunch, Smart Kid, which translates to nearly 6,800 lunches for food-insecure kids in Georgia.
Pamela Burrell, who shared her story with breakfast attendees, was serving in the U.S. Army in the Middle East when she learned that one of her daughters had been murdered by the person Pamela had entrusted with her care. After discharge from the Army, Pamela fell in and out of homelessness as she struggled to regain her hope. During this time, she often counted on the Action Ministries Atlanta’s Women’s Community Kitchen for meals. In 2013, she discovered the Action Ministries Housing program, applied for assistance and moved into Welcome House. Now, she volunteers at the Women’s Community Kitchen and at Action Ministries Housing, where she encourages callers on the intake line seeking assistance and reaches out to homeless veterans. In April, Pamela was named an 11Alive Community Service Award winner. To help others who have suffered loss, she has written “Don’t Cry for Me,” a book and documentary telling her story.
We Are Life-Changers Breakfast Photo Gallery
We thank our generous sponsors:
Andy & Kathleen Thomas
Bill & Carolyn Curry
Moye Sports Associates
Pete & Susan Wellborn
Robertson Charitable Trust
Sarah Borders/King & Spalding