For almost twenty years, our Tour of Homes has showcased some incredible homes, restaurants, and sponsoring vendors. In no small way, TOH has helped put our neighborhood on the map as one of Atlanta’s most sought after places to live. Each year the TOH committee works hard starting in March to plan and execute a tour that will not only be fun and exciting, but, more importantly, raise money for our neighborhood. The money raised directly benefits our community parks, sidewalks, safety, beautification and many other important ongoing projects.Financially, the last three years have been record breaking and the trend continued in 2013. In fact, this year we truly blew it out of the water, generating an amazing $51,000 in revenue ($16,000 more than in 2012)! About 60% of the revenue came from sponsorships, with about 40% coming from ticket sales.The TOH Committee has already begun it’s work on this year’s tour. A number of homeowners have indicated their willingness to have their home on the tour, and several of our local restaurants have already signed up once again for food tastings. We’re thankful to have many new committee members this year to help set us up for another great tour.In order for us to repeat our record breaking revenue from last year, though, we need 2-3 more volunteers to help on our Sponsorship Committee. This sub-committee raised almost $32,000 for the neighborhood last year, and is poised to repeat its success if we have a few more volunteers to help. Our sponsorship drive will kick-off shortly after Summerfest.Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about these positions. Tour of Homes is one of our neighborhood’s key fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in Virginia-Highland and make a difference, all while re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones.I look forward to hearing from you soon.~ Angelika Taylor, Tour of Homes Chair
A group of volunteers met Saturday morning to clean out the triangle island, plant some new greenery, put down fertilizer and pre-emergent weed control and spread pine straw throughout the area. Thanks to the volunteers who showed up and to Nonie Daniels for spearheading the effort!
If you’re in the area of the triangle island, please do all you can to keep folks out of the planted area (including the kids who congregate there after school on Fridays). We want this area looking as good as possible for Summerfest next month – let’s work together to make that happen!
Click here to view an album of photos from the cleanup.
In the aftermath of a fire over the holidays in the alley that runs east of Barnett St. between Ponce and St. Charles – often the site of homeless encampments – a group of concerned VaHi residents is organizing a clean up of the alley. The nearby Open Door Community that provides assistance to the homeless has been invited to participate in the clean up.
The event is set for Saturday February 15 at 10 AM (rain date is February 22). Volunteers should wear work clothes and bring work gloves and are asked to meet at the Barnett Street entrance to the alley, across from where Maiden Lane starts. Trash bags, other supplies and bottled water will be provided.
Anyone who can help with the clean up is asked to RSVP to Alicia Cardillo at email@example.com.
The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is coming up soon, Saturday and Sunday December 7 & 8. This year’s tour promises to be one of the best yet with eight beautiful and interesting homes, each paired with delicious food tastings from great local restaurants, plus a history-lover’s bonus stop. Tour of Homes is a festive holiday event that also happens to be an important fundraiser for our community.
Please how your support for our wonderful neighborhood by signing up for a volunteer shift. Signing up is quick and easy at http://vahitourofhomes.org/volunteer/. Volunteers will receive two complimentary tickets to the tour.
If you can’t volunteer, please plan to attend this year’s tour and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Details are available at http://vahitourofhomes.org/. It’s a great way to give back to YOUR neighborhood!
Due to excessive water saturation in the soil and the possibility of additional rainfall this afternoon, the triangle island cleanup event originally scheduled for today has been postponed until next Sunday May 12 at 1 pm. We know that’s Mother’s Day but we can’t postpone the cleanup event any longer and we’re hopeful that at least some folks will be able to spare a couple of hours, even on this special day.
No RSVP needed. Bring a water bottle and garden gloves if you have a pair. Contact Nonie Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments or suggestions.
The VHCA is looking for residents who’d like to help the Communications Committee on a volunteer basis. The committee maintains the VHCA website and produces a semi–monthly newsletter (The Voice) and other updates as needed, contributes to news sources around Atlanta, supports fundraising efforts through the creation of communication pieces, writes articles and manages all aspects of communication to the community.
Ideally, we’d like to find volunteers to help in the following four areas:
- Digital needs which include working with and updating our WordPress site, and helping with the creation of our e-newsletter which is sent out via Mailchimp. Knowledge of Formstack would also be helpful.
- Traditional graphic design, including file creation. Most files would be created in InDesign with some assets for the web created in Photoshop.
- Writing. There are many stories to be told in the neighborhood and we’d love to hear from anyone willing to help. Don’t feel like you have to be a professional writer – our current team can help polish contributed articles.
- Through both editorial content and advertising, The Voice encourages residents to shop locally. Our newsletter is an excellent platform for neighborhood businesses to tell residents why they should do so, and advertising sales is an important source of revenue for the VHCA. We’d like to find someone who can work with local businesses to help them take advantage of the advertising opportunities available to them through The Voice.
If you’re interested in any of these opportunities to help, please email email@example.com to find out more. Whether you have a lot of time on your hands or a little, we can find something for you to do.
Kidsfest 2012 was a huge success and organizers are determined to do even better at this year’s 30th anniversary festival the first weekend in June. The Kidsfest committee needs help with planning, securing sponsorships and helping supervise the arts, crafts and games during the festival. Committee members not only get the satisfaction of helping out with one of the most important parts of Summerfest, but you’ll leave the festival with a coveted Summerfest volunteer t-shirt!
This is a call for committee members to help plan and supervise the event only. Another call for volunteers to help with activities during the festival will go out in the next few weeks.
If you’re interested in helping organize the 2013 Kidsfest, please contact Arturo at 678-901-9683 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you in June at Summerfest!
The Atlanta Homeless Registry is seeking volunteer help this week conducting a survey of the homeless in the metro Atlanta area.
The Registry needs volunteers to help conduct surveys with homeless people living in unsheltered locations and emergency shelters around the city. All volunteers will be trained and placed on teams supported by professional outreach workers and the APD’s HOPE (Homeless Outreach, Prevention and Emergency) services team. There are two survey shifts: Thursday January 17, 6 PM – 12AM and Friday January 18, 12AM – 6AM.
The goal of the Atlanta Homeless Registry is to create a by-name registry of people living on our streets and in our shelters, enabling us to prioritize those most vulnerable and those most at risk of dying on the street so that they can be connected with housing and other services that meet their needs.
The Atlanta Homeless Registry is sponsored by the Office of Mayor Kasim Reed’s Unsheltered No More initiative, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta, and Central Atlanta Progress, in coordination with the national 100,000 Homes campaign. Unsheltered No More is a partnership between Mayor Kasim Reed and community leaders to dramatically reduce street homelessness in Atlanta.
According to former VHCA safety committee chair John Wolfinger who plans to participate in the event, the first shift is full but volunteers are still needed for the second shift on Friday from 12AM – 6AM. Wolfinger says if you volunteer, list your affiliation as the Virginia-Highland Safety Team. If you’re interested in traveling together to the event, you can email Wolfinger at email@example.com.
For more information on the event or to sign up, visit: www.unshelterednomore.com/registry.
Virginia-Highland is on fire these days. Our neighborhood is all the buzz. Our restaurants are full for lunch and dinner, our shops are bustling, our nightlife is hopping, homes are selling with multiple offers and the BeltLine is becoming packed with people on any given day. We are so lucky to say we live and play here.
This year’s Summerfest was a record success and now everyone’s wondering what’s the next big event in the Highlands? It’s our neighborhood’s very own Tour of Homes and it’s guaranteed to be awesome. It’s a walking tour of some of the most inspiring homes in Virginia-Highland. Put it on your calendars NOW – you will not want to miss this one.
My name is Angelika Taylor and I am chairing this year’s Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes. I have the most amazing group of people that make up the TOH team. There are several committees that make up the TOH, including Home Selection, Restaurant, Sponsorship, Media/PR, Collateral and the Volunteer Committee. Everyone is working so hard to make this year’s tour a huge success and, so far, we are well on our way to doing so.
The dates for this year’s Tour of Homes are Saturday and Sunday Dec 8th and 9th. Tour hours will be Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Restaurant tastings on both days will be from 12pm – 4pm.
We have selected seven amazingly different homes as well as our first bed & breakfast ever on the tour. Each home will feature a local restaurant that will provide a special menu sampling to tour-goers. This year’s participating restaurants are Atkins Park, La Tavola, Osteria, Murphy’s, Noche, Pozole’, DBA BBQ and Genki.
This year’s tour theme is “Tour, Eat and Shop” a weekend in the Highlands. Tour-goers will be encouraged to linger in our neighborhood before or after they tour to get the “full experience” of our quaint little community. Local businesses will offer specials to tour-goers and live entertainment will be provided by our local schools: Grady High School and Inman Middle School choirs will be caroling during Tour weekend to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Tickets for the tour go on sale in November and will be available online via PayPal in advance for $25 each, or on the day of the tour at the YWCA on North Highland Avenue for $30 each. The Y will also provide free parking in their lot. Come help your community raise money to fund safety initiatives, sidewalks, lighting, parks, schools and many more neighborhood projects and improvements.
CAN YOU HELP? YES! We are looking for volunteers for tour weekend to help work in homes, sell tickets, hang banners and assist in other areas. If you’re interested in helping, please contact our volunteer coordinator Eleanor Barrineau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a local business or individual that would like to advertise in our Tour of Homes ticket book, please contact our sponsorship committee as soon as possible. There are definite print deadlines and one of our team can tell you sponsorship levels and ad cost. Call Catherine Tabor at 404-434-9568 or Kris Smith at 404-226-7536.
We are all looking forward to a fun-filled neighborhood event. Tell all your friends and family and make it a weekend of “touring, eating and shopping”. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.
Chair, Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
The recently-formed Keep Virginia-Highland Beautiful group is planning a Business Resident Clean Up Day for this Saturday October 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The group is seeking volunteers to assist with the clean-up effort.
The event is planned as part of a major cleanup of the neighborhood before the kick-off of the holiday season. A collaborative effort between residents and property and business owners, the group will work together to clear weeds, pick up litter, and remove graffiti from around commercial buildings in Virginia-Highland. About 30 teen volunteers from a youth group are already committed to help on Satruday, but the group desperately needs adult volunteers to help coordinate the activities of the young people.
Please visit the group’s Facebook page to sign up to participate. Click on Events, Business/Resident Clean Up Day, and Going. If you can help with coordinating youth volunteers by leading a group of 4-5, please contact Kay Stephenson directly at KeepVirginiaHighlandBeautiful@gmail.com.
Volunteers should meet in the Neighbor’s Pub parking lot at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday October 20. Please bring work gloves, rakes, clippers, and scrapers (for removing stickers from signs). If you own a gas powered weed whacker or leaf blower, this would be a real plus.
Keep Atlanta Beautiful is donating trash bags and latex gloves.
Please sign up to volunteer with the Virginia-Highland Parks Committee – we need volunteers to water plants at John Howell Park. Email email@example.com to sign up!
Dine-Out Saturday to Benefit New Highland Park: Be sure to stop Osteria 832 (832 N. Highland) this Tuesday May 8th from 5pm to 10pm for music, giveaways, $1.50 pizza slices and beer specials! Proceeds from their anniversary celebration will benefit New Highland Park and Fire Station 19. Be sure to bring the family!
Summerfest is June 2nd and 3rd with the neighborhood parade, dinner and movie on June 1st.
- Win $250 in Art! – "Like" the Virginia-Highland Summerfest Facebook page, tag @Virginia-Highland Summerfest in a post and tag several friends and you'll be automatically registered to win a $250 coupon that you can spend on your choice of art available at the festival! See how to "tag" in the images below – in your post write @before the names and select them as they come up.
- Don't forget to volunteer (get a free Summerfest t-shirt) – spots are filling up!
- Print your Summerfest calendar of events!
How to tag Summerfest in Facebook?
Tag friends the same way – write @ before their names, then select them.
Don’t Miss Out on the Fun – Volunteer for Summerfest Now!
Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year's festival. Volunteer slots are generally 2-3 hours, with many areas from which to choose – parade, 5K, artist market, kidsfest, etc. Volunteering is lots of fun, and Summerfest just won't be the same without you.
Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt! Click the Volunteerspot link below to learn more and sign up to help. If you have any questions, contact volunteer coordinator John Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to a number of new volunteers who have joined committees and are helping get the work done that, directly and indirectly, raises funds for the benefit of the entire community. Interested in volunteering?
Ida Center (email@example.com) is the webmaster of our new website that rolled out in February. She set up, and manages the “bones” and major features of the site as opposed to the article content. Ida runs her own digital media consulting firm.
Sandra Givelber (firstname.lastname@example.org) now runs sales of ads in our e-newsletters. Sandra worked for radio station 99X, newspapers, and Atlanta magazine as an advertising account manager.
Mary Johnson (email@example.com) has joined Brian Gross is producing and editing content for the VHCA website and e-newsletters. Mary manages web design, internet marketing and digital media for her clients.
Angelika Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the new chair of the Tour of Homes Committee. She is owner and designer at Natty Flats, which specializes in designing and fabricating custom window treatments, draperies, and bedding.
Fundraising Efforts and Fun!
- Dine-Out Saturday to Benefit New Highland Park: Be sure to stop Osteria 832 (832 N. Highland) this Saturday, May 5 from 5pm to 10pm for music, giveaways, $1.50 pizza slices and beer specials! Proceeds from their anniversary celebration will benefit New Highland Park and Fire Station 19. Be sure to bring the family!
- Summerfest is June 2nd and 3rd with the neighborhood parade, dinner and movie on June 1st.
- Win $250 in Art! – “Like us” on the Summerfest Facebook page, and you’ll be automatically registered to win a $250 coupon that you can spend on your choice of art available at the festival!
- Don’t forget to volunteer (get a free Summerfest t-shirt) – spots are filling up!
- Print your Summerfest calendar of events!
Don’t Miss Out on the Fun – Volunteer for Summerfest Now!
Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year’s festival. Volunteer slots are generally 2-3 hours, with many areas from which to choose – parade, 5K, artist market, kidsfest, etc.
Volunteering is lots of fun, and Summerfest just won’t be the same without you. Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt!
Summerfest 2012 is right around the corner – the dates are June 1-3 – and, as usual, the neighborhood needs your help!
If you’re receiving this email you’ve either helped us with Summerfest before or have expressed interest in helping this year.
Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year’s festival.
Volunteer slots are generally 2-3 hours and you can choose to help with:
- our Community Parade or Dinner on Friday
- our 5K Race and Tot Trot on Saturday
- or our Artist’s Market, Kidsfest, and Merchandise Sales on Saturday or Sunday
You can even sign up for multiple slots if you like.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved and Summerfest won’t be the same without you. Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt!
We’re using VolunteerSpot again this year to help us organize Summerfest volunteers — click the button below to sign up!
For more information, contact John Becker, volunteer coordinator at email@example.com
by Lola Carlisle, Vice-President
I’m new to the Virginia-Highland Civic Association Board but not new to the concept of community service. I’ve volunteered on various committees in Virginia-Highland over the last 12 years. I have always had a great deal of respect for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association Board and committee members. And after co-authoring a book on the history of Virginia-Highland, I know that the type of volunteerism and service we find in this neighborhood has deep, deep roots! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many individuals who created, saved and shaped this great community. We are lucky.
This year’s board has a lot of talent and we really need it to accomplish our goals. We’re working hard to expand the membership and capacities of the committees, increase effectiveness, spread the workload, and bring in diverse skill sets. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. We are working to have more transparency and access to information – particularly financial and committee goals, which we will be updating regularly – and more opportunities for you to be heard. Be sure to visit the new website and send us your thoughts on what you’d like to see there.
The APS redistricting presents a huge challenge for us and our sister neighborhoods. I hope that our whole community can achieve positive results equal to the those of our predecessors. I imagine that this issue has ignited a sense of a need for engagement in many – an urge to step forward and act as opposed to react. I encourage you all to get involved. Make a call, send an email and find a place for yourself within the Civic Association. It doesn’t have to be huge – starting small actually works best. You’ll be inspired by most of the folks you’ll work with and you’ll learn new things – new tactics, new people, new vocabulary, new places — you get the idea. We look forward to hearing from you.
Continue reading: March 2012 Voice (online edition)
Download PDF here (2.0 MB)
- Summerfest success
- President’s corner: volunteer for the board!
- Safety update: street captains, graffiti removal
- New Highland Park brick purchases
- 2011 Gold List of neighborhood businesses
- Street tree do’s and don’ts
- Patrols expand in VaHi and Old Fourth Ward
- VaHi history book published
- Parks update: Orme and New Highland
- Bella Cucina
- Repairs coming near Chevron and The Cavern
- Garrison Afterschool expands
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- Tree planting
- Neighborhood responds to recent crime wave
- Orme Park construction
- FBAC doubles patrol area
- Home Tour success
- Graffiti task force update
- History Part X
- Neighborhood preservation committee update
- Planning for 2009 Tour of Homes
- Historic Fourth Ward Park under construction
- President’s Corner: fundraising for new park
- News from MES and Inman
- SPARK gets name and principal
- Join New Highland Park Conservancy
- New businesses: Glamour Paws, D.B.A. Barbeque, Silverstein, Thomas & Carter
- VHCA wants you!
- Rufus Henry Stansell (1929-2009) neighborhood folk artist
- Col. Mustard reviews Belly General Store
- History of Virginia Highland Part III
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- President’s Address, by Keving Cronin: preparing for Summerfest
- Summerfest 2005 needs you!
- Volunteer in our green spaces, by John Wolfinger
- Our survey says, by Chip Gallagher (results of community survey)
- Summer sizzles at Zoo Atlanta, by Helen Grebe
- Summerfest twenty years ago, by Tinka Green
- Strong academics and achievements at Inman Middle School
- 2005 state legislative actions
- Visit Piedmont Park for two new activities (Saturday safari for kids, Historic tours)
- Gear up for National Bike Month, by Mike Goodman
- Home Tour builds on 2004 success
- The Green Market at Piedmont Park returns
- School rezoning in our future? by Chip Gallagher
- If you love ‘em, leash ‘em by Officer W.J. Butcher