Special Event


Macon is throwing quite a block party and volunteers are needed.

On Sunday, April 17, from 2-6 p.m., College Street will be closed from Riverside Drive, through Mercer University to Anthony Road for Open Streets Macon.

Vehicles will be allowed to cross College Street from side streets, but no traffic will be permitted down the avenue.

Walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters are all invited to take to the streets in the event organized by Bike Macon, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Macon-Bibb County Parks and Beautification, Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority and Main Street Macon.

Health and wellness activities are planned and volunteers are needed to help keep everyone safe.

T-shirts will be given to volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit www.bikemacon.org/openstreets and join the Open Streets Macon event on Facebook.



National Service Enterprise Certification 

Nonprofits that excel at leveraging the skills and talents of volunteers in their core operations are known as “Service Enterprises”, and are proven to be more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their impact in comparison to peer organizations.

In fact, research conducted by the TCC Group demonstrates that organizations with 10 to 50 volunteers are equally as effective as their counterparts without volunteers on all measures of organizational effectiveness, yet their average annual budgets are also most half. When an organization reaches 50 volunteers and achieves an effective volunteer management model, not only do they lead and manage their organizations better, but they are also significantly more adaptable, sustainable and better resourced to do their work, and therefore able to sustainably go to scale.

Volunteer Macon is pleased to be partnering with the Points of Light Institute, the largest organization in the world dedication to volunteer service, to offer to nonprofit organizations in middle Georgia access to a national Service Enterprise certification that signifies your commitment to appropriately leveraging the time and talent of volunteers to meet the social mission of your organization. Volunteer Macon staff has been trained on the latest methods of capacity building thought volunteer engagement and can help guide your staff and board through a change management process to more effectively engage volunteers.

During this engagement, participating nonprofits will have access to:

• A thorough and research-based assessment of existing organizational volunteer engagement 

practices called the Service Enterprise Diagnostic (SED).

• Up to 16 hours of training to assist in reimagining the ways in which your organization engages 


• Individualized consulting to address unique organizational opportunities and challenges.

• National certification signifying the organization’s commitment to and proficiency in 

appropriately leveraging the time and skills of volunteers to meet the social mission of the 


For more information, please contact Gigi Rolfes, grolfes@volunteermacon.org. 478/742-6677


Living Well Workshops in GA

Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Managment Program

Do you or someone you care for suffer with any of the following symptoms?
Tense Muscles
Shortness of Breath
Difficult Emotions

Living Well Workshops are for adults with any chronic condition or for caregivers of persons with chronic conditions.  The participants learn tools to combat the symptoms mentioned above.  They also learn techniques to better manage the twist and turns of life with chronic disease.

Workshops of only 10-20 participants meet once a week, for 6 weeks.  These workshops are facilitated by 2-3 trained leaders and cover the following topics:
Medication Management
Pain/Fatigue Management
Working with the Healthcare System
Much, much more 
Dealing with Difficult Emotions
Physical Activity
Problem Solving
Goal Setting/Action Planning

This is an Evidence-Based program designed and tested by Stanford University.  Completers feel empowered to become better self-managers, improve their overall health, and enjoy their quality of life!

 In six short weeks you can put LIFE BACK IN YOUR LIFE.

 For more information:
VISIT www.selfmanage.org or www.livewellagewell.info
CONTACT VOLUNTEER MACON at 478-742-6677 or
 478-737-4868 ask for Tanya Graham-Simms.