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Celebrating National Make a Difference Day with Volunteer Evelyn Babey

Saturday, October 24, 2020 is National Make a Difference Day. To celebrate making a difference in our community, we talked with Evelyn Babey, a local Atlanta neighbor and avid volunteer for the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Evelyn has volunteered with the Conservancy almost every week since the peak of summer. She shares what the Park means to her and why she chooses to volunteer with the Conservancy in a short video below.

Blog - Celebrating National Make a Difference Day Volunteer Evelyn Babey


We at the Piedmont Park Conservancy rely on people like Evelyn to keep Piedmont Park’s 200+ acres clean, safe and beautiful. On average, over 10,000 hours are needed from volunteers every year.

Caring for Piedmont Park takes a village. Every person counts.

You won’t believe the amount of trash an individual can find in just a few hours!

On National Make a Difference Day, we thank all of our volunteers for your ongoing support and dedication to this historic Park.

Without you, we could not care for this park alone.

Looking for a way to give back? We invite you to make a difference in your community by volunteering with the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Our volunteer program has implemented new safety protocols including social distancing, digital waivers and more. From group landscaping projects to socially distant self-led trash pickups, everyone can get their hands dirty for the Park.


Can’t volunteer but want to help Piedmont Park? Consider making a gift today to the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

We Need More Hands- Volunteer With Us!

Piedmont Park has been fortunate to be open as a resource for all Atlantans to access fresh air and beautiful greenspace. Although, more visitors naturally means more trash and litter. We are currently seeking small groups (no larger than 10) or individual volunteers to help clean and beautify Piedmont Park.

Watch our video highlighting team member, Michael Paul, who started as a dedicated volunteer for the Piedmont Park Conservancy.


If you are healthy and willing, please volunteer for the Piedmont Park Conservancy in the coming weeks. Tasks include trash pick up, mulching, weeding, pruning and removing invasive plants. Volunteer support relieves some of the pressure on our full-time landscapers and helps to maintain the Park as a beautiful oasis. Special volunteer guidelines apply. 

If you are interested in volunteering please email volunteer@piedmontpark.org for more information.

Over 70 Trees Planted in Piedmont Park

With a rapidly increasing population in Atlanta, fighting negative environmental impacts can seem impossible. However, the solution to this issue can be found in Piedmont Park: trees.

To prepare for the increase in visitors that spring brings, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has been hard at work over the past two months to ensure that the Park stays green and gorgeous for all. After collaborating with Trees Atlanta, Grady High School and our own staff and board members, 74 new trees were planted on Oak Hill, the Meadow and in the Dog Parks. These trees will help keep the Park cooler during the warm spring and summer months, remove pollution from the air and be a home for native birds and other pollinators.

Urban trees provide a multitude of benefits for all Park visitors including clean air, shade in the summer, a food source for pollinators and  a connection to a place and time. Newly planted trees offer hope for the future, and mature trees that live for 100 years act as historical markers for time and events. – Erica Glasener, Community Involvement and Events Manager

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is looking forward to continuing our dedication to providing a green space that is clean, safe and beautiful. However, we cannot do it alone. Your donation supports our efforts and keeps historic Piedmont Park clean, green and active.

Pitch in for Piedmont Park by Volunteering

From events to park beautification to history tours, volunteers were there for it all. Without them, Piedmont Park could look quite different! For instance, a year ago the perimeter of Lake Clara Meer was shrouded in bushes that obscured views of the Atlanta skyline. Volunteers were essential in helping to clear the shrubbery to reveal the picturesque cityscape thousands flock to see annually.

“Volunteers are critical to the enhancement and preservation of the Park. I think the great thing about volunteering is the tremendous impact you’re making on the community.”

This past year, the Piedmont Park Conservancy welcomed over 3,487 volunteers who logged in over 9,649 hours towards the care and upkeep of Atlanta’s favorite park.

With 200 plus acres in the Park, there is no shortage of opportunities for those looking to get involved.

  • Volunteers at the Green Market might find themselves helping vendors set-up their booths or assisting in the education garden.
  • For those who are well-versed in history, try your hand at leading walking tours as a Tour docent! Docents teach visitors unique facts as they explore the Park.
  • Many volunteers assist with the Park’s frequent events, which often bring in thousands of visitors each year. Some of those include the Landmark Luncheon, Splish Splash Doggie Bash and Party for Piedmont Park.
  • For one of the most visible ways to pitch in, come aboard our Park beautification team to work on projects like laying down mulch (95% was done by volunteers last year!), pruning, or removing invasive plant species.
  • Sometimes the Piedmont Park Conservancy has a special projects for which they need a few extra hands. For those who still want to help but would rather do so indoors, check out becoming an administrative volunteer.

How you can you get involved?

The Conservancy is always looking for motivated individuals or groups who are eager to help make the Park even better. Volunteers simply choose the area where they’d like to contribute or where they feel their skills would be most beneficial. All skill levels are welcome and all are appreciated! Those who’d like to volunteer on a more consistent basis should consider attending Pull for Piedmont, a monthly park beautification effort where attendees enjoy refreshments and meet others in the community.

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