Box 3, Folder 17, Document 74

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Box 3, Folder 17, Document 74

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Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc.

O A 101 Marietta Street Bldg. e Atlanta, Georgia 30303 e

Diab ces Telephone: 525-4262
Contact: Mary Lu Mitcheil
For immediate reiease
January 7, 1969

Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., has proclaimed the week of January 12
"START NOW ATLANTA WEEK," urging all Atlantans to invest in the
city’s future by becoming involved in Economic Opportunity Atlanta's
neighborhood information and volunteer programs.

In his proclamation Mayor Allen states that even though Atlanta
is one of the most progressive cities in the United States, some
160,000 eititene have not shared in Atlanta’s growth and progress.
The severe problems caused by this wasted human and economic poten-
tial cannot be solved without the immediate help of all citizens,
according to the Mayor.

To assist those who want to. become personally involved in sol-
ving these problems, Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc., Atianta's
anti-poverty agency, is introducing two new programs during "START
NOW ATLANTA WEEK." One program offers poverty area tours led by
residents of the area and the other offers new kinds of volunteer

I. POVERTY TOURS. For those who want first hand information
about Atlanta's slums, twenty-two poverty area residents have volun-

teered to lead tours in their neighborhoods to show what progress

they have made through their own efforts and what obstacles they
still face. They call themselves V.I.P.'s, or Volunteer Information
People, and are members of EOA neighborhood self-help groups in
14 low-income areas served by EOA neighborhood centers.

Groups or individuals interested in arranging tours should
contact Mrs. Mary Lu Mitchell, EOA Public Information Director,


II. VOLUNTEERS. For those who want to assist the poor in
their self-help efforts, EOA is coordinating a new volunteer pro-
gram. Voluriteers will either develop their own projects, work in
partnership with block clubs in low-income areas, organize study

groups in their own neighborhoods or accept specific assignments

at agencies or centers.
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phe” first training program for volunteers will be conducted on
January 22,23 and 24.
Groups or individuals interested in volunteering should contact

Mrs... June Sammons, ECA Volunteer Coordinator at 525-4262.


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