Bonner Office of Community Service (BOCS)

BOCS EXTERNAL PARTNERS

Since the Bonner Office of Community Service (BOCS) was institutionalized in 1993, we have forged several partnerships throughout the Atlanta community.  We have served as a clearinghouse of community-based information for members of Morehouse College and our surrounding communities.  BOCS plays a significant role in helping Morehouse College to fulfill her mission of “developing men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership, service, and self-realization…” by facilitating the involvement in community service while instilling in students a life-long commitment to serving others.  The mission has been maintained only because of the strong connections that we have in the community. 

These are just a few of the areas through which students have participated in community service:  local public and private schools, after-school programs, non-profit organizations, hospitals and health care facilities, homeless shelters, food banks, AIDS awareness programs, environmental programs research-based programs, community development agencies, mentoring programs, political groups, business affiliates, religious organizations, and more. 

We are grateful for the many successful partnerships that we have established in the community, and we want to ensure that people are aware of the many different resources available throughout metro Atlanta.  Therefore, we have compiled a brief listing of various programs that we have worked with and continue to have ties to.  Please utilize these contacts and ask them for information on their programs, volunteers, or whatever may pertain to your needs.  If you have any questions regarding additional contact information or adjustments needed for the information provided, please let us know by calling (470) 639-0594.

Also click the link below for the application to become a potential Community Partner:  https://morehousecollege.formstack.com/forms/volunteer_site_application

EDUCATION

M. Agnes Jones Elementary:  M. Agnes Jones Elementary School provides a learning environment that facilitates standards-based instruction connected to the world outside the classroom.

THEME: "Continuing the Pursuit of Excellence"
Contact: Johnson, Melanie (Assistant Principal)   mljohnson@atlantapublicschools.us    (404) 802-3916

Address:  1040 Fair Street, Atlanta, GA 30314

Raising Expectations:  As a non-profit youth development organization that has served the Atlanta community for over 14 years, Raising Expectations has positively impacted the lives of numerous children and youth throughout the city of Atlanta with extensive services designed to develop their academic, social and civic abilities.

Contact:  Jamie Gray    jgray@raisingexpectations.org    (678) 768-4932

Address:  220 Northside Drive, NW Atlanta, GA 30314

Kipp Strive:  As Atlanta Public School’s second KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) school, KIPP STRIVE Academy is uniquely positioned to increase the academic achievement, college preparedness and college acceptance rates of Atlanta’s students.  KIPP STRIVE Academy equips students with the tools necessary to excel in competitive colleges and professional careers.  KIPP STRIVE Academy students achieve success through rigorous instruction, virtue, and enrichment.

Contact:  Daniel, A.  adaniel@kippstrive.org  (678) 431-8335

Address:  1444 Lucile Ave, SW Atlanta, GA 30310

Dunbar Elementary:  DunbarOverview Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School builds on the solid foundation of early literacy provided by Educare Atlanta.

Contact:  Anita Bouie   ansragland@atlanta.k12.ga.us   (404) 802-7974

Address:  500 Whitehall Terrace SW, Atlanta, GA 30312

Frederick Douglass Resource Learning Center:  The Frederick Douglass Learning Resource Center (Douglass Hall) is the pulse of student academic activity at Morehouse College.  The center is located in the heart of Freshman Housing offering students a quiet space on campus to study.  A panoramic view of Morehouse history surrounds students as they study in the facility.  Commuter students, study groups and student organizations use the center as its base to study, to connect, to work on group projects and to engage the Morehouse community.

Contact:  Carolyn Walker   carolyn.walker@morehouse.edu   (470) 639-0635

Address:  Morehouse College

Salivation Army KROC Center Atlanta:  Fitness and Recreation Courses - Family Literacy Program /GED Preparation - KROC STARS Program (K-5th grade)

Contact:  Benjamin Scholes   benjamin.scholes@uss.salvationarmy.org   (404) 658-7204

Address:  967 Dewey St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Booker T. Washington High School:  Booker T. Washington High School, named for the famous educator, opened in September 1924.  It is the first public high school for African-Americans in the state of Georgia and the Atlanta Public Schools.  Washington High School operated as three small schools within a school from 2009 until 2014.  On August 12, 2013, the Atlanta Board of Education passed a resolution restoring Booker T. Washington to one comprehensive high school with one principal.  Washington High focus is on creating an environment that allows for the growth of all students establishing behavioral supports and the social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.

Contact:  Dr. Erica Clark   erica.clark@atlanta.k12.ga.us   (404) 802-4645

Address:  45 Whitehouse Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

ENVIRONMENTAL

AUC Eco-District:  EcoDistricts focuses on building from the neighborhood up through public-private-civic partnerships and cross-sector collaboration.  It is also a certification program that highlights equity, resilience, and climate protection through a rigid set of goals, objectives and indicators.  EcoDistricts priorities are Place, Prosperity, Health and Wellness, Connectivity, Living Infrastructure, and Resource Restoration.

Contact:  Rita Gibson   rgibson-ucdc@aucenter.edu   (404) 639-0530

Address:  160 Euralee Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Morehouse College Community Revitalization Initiative:  To establish a mutually beneficial relationship with adjacent communities that will result in a sustained economic and social improvement and provide Morehouse students with learning opportunities that cultivate civic growth and development.

Contact: Gwen Cain   gwen.cain@morehouse.edu   (470) 639-0588

Address:  3rd Floor Leadership Building, Morehouse College

Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute:  The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization established in October 2001.  The birth of the Joseph E. Lowery Institute grew our of plans to celebrate Dr. Joseph E. Lowery's 80th birthday.  The planning committee wanted to ensure the continuity of the advocacy of Dr. Lowery and his lifelong, enduring commitment to non-violent advocacy, and to the moral, ethical, and theological imperative of justice and human rights for all people.

Contact:  Cheryl Lowery  cheryl.lowery@loweryinstitute.org   (404) 524-8406

Adress:  592 Beckwith Street, SW, #B, Atlanta, GA 30314

HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS

Gateway Center:  The Gateway Center is designed to serve as the "gateway" to the community continuum of care that helps individuals move out of homelessness.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a Continuum of Care as a local or regional system that provides the resources required for moving homeless individuals toward self-sufficiency.

Contact: Rebecca Cranford    rcranford@gatewayctr.org   (404) 215-6615

Address:  275 Pryor Street Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30303

Atlanta Community Food Bank:  Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) currently distributes over 30 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items each year to more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

Contact:  Amber Maynard   amber.maynard@acfb.org  (404) 419-1727

Address:  732 Joseph East Lowery Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318