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Distant Relatives

Distant Relatives Volunteer day

At Atlantic Capital, we believe that banks are uniquely positioned to help make our communities better places to live. We encourage employees regularly to find ways to stay active in local organizations, fueling prosperity beyond our clients’ walls. Recently, several of our teammates volunteered with Distant Relatives, a non-profit organization geared towards developing underserved communities worldwide.

Founded in 2017, Distant Relatives launched their first project at Chia Methodist Primary School A and B, located in Founder William Asidedu’s mother’s hometown. Partnering with Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, a Ghanaian Parliament Member, they provided over 800 students in the eastern region of Ghana with school supplies, including composition books, computers, and sports equipment. The Distant Relatives’ efforts expanded to Jamaica and Nigeria, providing school supplies and an I.T. camp for local students. Recently, the organization expanded internationally to the United States into the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas (DMV), and is now in Atlanta, G.A.

“My heart lies with our community, and I am always actively searching for opportunities to help some of the most underserved neighborhoods,” says Ali Lemma, AVP, Credit Operations at Atlantic Capital, as well as a personal friend to one of the Distant Relatives Founders, Yani Adere. “The homeless are one of the most vulnerable populations in Atlanta. So, when Yani and I were having a conversation early in the year about her upcoming event in February, I asked her for the opportunity for Atlantic Capital to sponsor and help with volunteering efforts.”

For Distant Relatives’ February initiative, the organization provided food, grooming, and medical resources for the local homeless community. Atlantic Capital employees volunteered by packing toiletries, setting up meal stations, and cleaning up the park, as well as providing a monetary donation through the Atlantic Capital Charitable Giving Committee. “Thank you so much for the financial support you provided to support more than 120 people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta, GA,” says Adere. “The Atlantic Capital volunteers were on time, flexible, and ready to help with enthusiasm. I am grateful to the bank for helping coordinate this impactful event.”

Distant Relatives had an incredible impact in 2020, serving three countries and impacting over 8,000 people during the pandemic. With monthly health clinics and regular ‘Feeding Our Relatives’ programs, Distant Relatives is transforming neighborhoods for the better, one initiative at a time. We’re appreciative of the opportunity to help them give back and are looking forward to what they do next.

To learn more about the Distant Relatives Project, visit their website: https://distant-relatives.org/

To learn more about Atlantic Capital’s community development efforts, visit our Community Impact page

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