Other Chapter Activities

What we do in Georgia and how you can be involved.

Our AFSP-Georgia chapter has an active board of directors with much talent. We also have committees that these board members lead where we need volunteer help.  To volunteer on one of these committees, contact Chris Owens at cowens@afsp.org.  

Advocacy (Chair: Gregg Graham): Influences public policy and legislation as it relates to suicide prevention on the local and national levels. Forms relationships with government officials, encourages grassroots participation and keeps the board updated on legislative priorities through frequent communication.  Works closely with the national Public Policy office to ensure the metro Atlanta chapter is informed of legislative priorities, talking points and advocacy trends in suicide prevention.

Development (Chair: Joe Martin): Oversees the chapter's non-walk fundraising and development activities including benefit dinners and spring fundraiser(s). It assists in the development of annual fundraising goals, solicits corporate event sponsorships, secures auction items and encourages donor participation/attendance. The Development Committee is the board's central source of information about the fundraising climate and the status of fundraising activities. 

Education & Outreach (Chair: Dorian Lamis):  Implements AFSP educational and outreach activities locally including presentations, dispersal of DVDs and brochures, tabling events, Survivor Outreach Program, etc. Plans and executes Research Connection Program meeting, National Suicide Prevention Week activities, and International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  The Education and Outreach Committee keeps the board informed of suicide prevention trends and scientific research through frequent communication and brief quarterly updates to be presented at each board meeting.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk (Chair: Roland Behm): Oversees all event planning surrounding the chapter’s annual signature fundraising event, which is held each fall.  Assists in goal planning and post-event evaluation. Recruits corporate sponsorships, team participation, and in-kind donors.  Develops a program for the opening and closing ceremonies, recruits honorary co-chair(s) and implements ancillary activities (i.e., photo booth, survivor area).  Works closely with the area director, public relations committee and volunteer committee during the months leading up to this annual event.