PawKids’ Shares What Compels Them to Invest in and Support Their Community

We’re proud to partner with Repair the World Atlanta partner organization PAWKids. PAWKids helps to meet immediate needs in the Grove Park community in Atlanta. From food distribution, to mental and medical healthcare, to rental assistance, the PAWKids works all year round to help the students in Grove Park heal, learn, and grow.

We spoke to community leaders at PAWKids to capture their experiences and ask them what compels them to do this work. LaTonya Gates, Founder & Executive Director shares “it feels liberating to be doing this work to support a predominantly Black community during Black History Month”. Anthony Gates, Director of Operations adds, “I was for years, in the exact same place as the people who we serve. For generations, my family had been in the same place as some of the people we serve. I was compelled simply by the assurance that I could do it, and supporting people who wanted to see it done! It’s been enough to get up everyday, and do what we do simply because I love people, and the opportunity to be great to them.”

Donations to support PAWKids work can be made here

By LaTonya Gates Founder & Executive Director and Anthony Gates Director of Operations at PAWKids

About the Series

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.