ATLANTA RETAILERS FOUNDATION
WHAT IS ARF?
Our vision for the Atlanta Retailers Foundation (ARF) is to establish the ARA as a valued civic organization within Georgia. To realize this vision, the ARA through its Foundation seeks opportunities to contribute positively to the quality of life of all Georgians through philanthropic contributions and community service projects.
ARA K-9 TRAINING FACILITY IN JOHNS CREEK, 2017
The ARA sponsored a much-needed K-9 training facility in the city of Johns Creek at the 133-acre Cauley Creek Park development.
This facility is aimed at keeping drugs and narcotics off the street and apprehending other criminals and missing persons.
Several Metro Atlanta K-9 departments are slated to leverage this facility to strengthen our collective public safety initiatives.
FUTURE CITY COMPETITION (KSU), 2016
An annual national competition held in Washington DC, The Future City program brings talented and socially conscious Middle school students to design sustainable cities of the future.
Essays, Physical models, and a formal presentation with Q&A brought more than 40 schools together under ARA’s sponsorship of this event.
CLARKSTON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, 2015
In February 2015, CCHC began providing much needed medical care that is culturally and linguistically sensitive to the diverse population of Clarkston.
In April of 2016, ARA and ARF helped fund CCHC’s Dental Clinic where oral x-rays/exams, cleanings, and tooth extractions are provided.
ATLANTA RETAILERS FOUNDATION SPONSORS INTER-FAITH PRAYER GARDEN AT MERCER CAMPUS, 2015
In alignment with the vision of ARF, the Foundation recently contributed towards the creation of an Inter-Faith Prayer Garden at the Mercer University Professional Campus.
The following pictures depict our participation in the dedication ceremony on May 14, also highlighting the park benches sponsored by and dedicated to the ARF and ARA.
Students come from every corner of the globe to attend one of the six schools and colleges on the Mercer Atlanta campus. They represent every ethnicity and every faith. As they prepare for their careers, students need a place outside classroom walls to reflect, to seek direction, and to find both solitude and community.
The prayer garden and labyrinth offer a sacred space for students, faculty, and all who visit there. They will offer a unique opportunity to build community as sojourners encounter others of different faiths, cultures, and social backgrounds. The site will be a place from which respect and relationship will grow.
“The garden in being used by summer school students and by faculty already. The AIB (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters) just filmed in the garden for their show entitled “Sacred Spaces. "We are about to begin planning an event on pilgrimage in the garden, as it is called for in the Abrahamic faiths. The labyrinth represents pilgrimage and can be used by all as a journey / walk toward holiness and a place where God symbolically dwells. I thank you again for your support and your kindness and hope to see you in the near future”
-Charlotte Conah, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia’s Interfaith Taskforce
The President of Mercer University Mr. Bill Underwood with Trustees of the Atlanta Retailers Foundation: Mr. Jamal Tajuddin and Ms. Shyna Mistry Punjani. Ms. Charlotte Conah represents Georgia’s interfaith taskforce.