OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Gorby Peters has a strong commitment to communities and charities and has deep ties to the American Red Cross, Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta, Quest Community — a Veteran’s Support Organization, and the Wren’s Nest.
Mary Donne Peters has been a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the prestigious Women Presidents’ Organization since 2006. The WPO is an international invitation-only nonprofit membership organization for women presidents of multi-million dollar companies.
Mary Donne Peters is a member of the American Red Cross Southern Region Blood Services Board of Directors, which is one of the largest such regions in the country for the Red Cross. The function of the Blood Services Board is to ensure that adequate and safe supplies of blood and platelets are collected and made available to healthcare organizations. This vital blood collection function is critical—there’s no substitute for human blood and the demand for this life saving product is constant. Just one donation of blood can save up to three lives. Mary Donne was a founding member of the Atlanta-area Tiffany Circle, a major philanthropic initiative by women in support of the Red Cross.
Mary Donne Peters serves on the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc. of Greater Atlanta. She was also elected Treasurer of the Board and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold SM through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages;
and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6-18 annually across the United States and Canada.
The Emerging 100 of Atlanta is the official young professional auxiliary of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. They are comprised of high-achieving young men, aged 25-35, committed to the academic and vocational success of our youth at B.E.S.T. Academy High School and the Collegiate 100, while serving the Atlanta community as a whole.
To enhance the mentoring and tutoring programs of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. with a focus at Best Academy High School and the Collegiate 100, while serving as role models to the entire community.
The oldest house museum in Atlanta, The Wren’s Nest was the home of Joel Chandler Harris, the compiler of the Brer Rabbit Tales. His home, a beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian, continues to be open for tours and storytelling. A team of professional storytellers brings the tales to life both at the Wren’s Nest and at events, parties, festivals and meetings throughout metro Atlanta. The Wren’s nest is also involved in student publishing. The Scribes program provides middle school students with a one-on-one writing mentor who helps them craft their own story. Each year the student’s stories are published in a book that is premiered at the Decatur Book Festival complete with a book launch party.
By preserving the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris and the heritage of African American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing, the Wren’s Nest serves as an educational resource for the community, the greater Atlanta area and visitors from around the globe.
The Mission of Quest Community Development Organizationﾠ (Quest Communities) is to develop and implement affordable-supportive housing communities that service the special-need homeless and low-income populations.
Quest Communities, formerly Quest 35, Inc., demonstrates substantial local presence as a designated state and city CHDO (Community Housing Development Organization) which offers set-aside funding to develop in under-served areas.