Friends is the name of the community volunteer organization of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We have members throughout greater Atlanta who raise funds each year to fulfill crucial needs.

Friends groups are encouraged to plan fundraisers that are of interest and provide a fun opportunity to interact with friends and neighbors while supporting the patients at Children’s. These fundraisers can be anything from black-tie galas to neighborhood block parties. There are currently more than 2,500 Friends members that support Children's through volunteer opportunities, fundraising events and special service projects.

This year, Friends events will benefit the family support team at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Hughes Spalding hospital. In addition, Marcus Autism Center and Humorology Atlanta clown care will receive ongoing support from Friends groups.

Contact Lynn Leslie (404-785-7337) for more information.

Friends Junior Committee

The Friends Junior Committee (FJC) is a group of more than 150 young professionals in their 20s and 30s who collaborate to host fundraising and social events to benefit Children’s. The group also participates in special service projects inside and outside our three hospitals, including volunteering with patients and families.

The group raises funds each year to fulfill several crucial patient and family needs, such as family support services, primary care and research. Among other events, FJC hosts two signature fundraisers throughout the year: Party Atlanta and Cheers for Children.

Learn more about FJC

Contact Marisa Smith or call 404-785-7376 for more information.


*The girlFriends Leadership Board application deadline has been extended through June 1, 2020* 

girlFriends is a volunteer group of 9th to 12th grade high school girls dedicated to fundraising throughout the school year for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. girlFriends supports Children's through membership, volunteer opportunities, fundraising events and special service projects at our hospital campuses. Each year, girlFriends' participates in a variety of events and service activities, such as:

  • girlFriends’ Battle of the Bands
  • Mailbox Brigade
  • Patient Parties at the hospital

Register online for girlFriends

Apply for the girlFriends Leadership Board

Recommend someone for the girlFriends Leadership Board

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Attend a meeting or event

girlFriends 2018-2019 meetings will be held at St. Phillips Cathedral (2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305) from 3-4:30 pm.

  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 25 - Mailbox Brigade! Paces neighborhood
  • December 1 - Children's Christmas Parade volunteer opportunity
  • February 22 - Battle of the Bands at Vinyl
  • March 24
  • April 28

Contact Julia Ward or call 404-785-6966 for more information.

Kids for Kids

The Kids for Kids initiative engages children and teens in activities that teach the importance of community service and encourage lifelong volunteerism and philanthropy. It’s about kids giving to kids and children giving to Children’s.

There are several opportunities to engage your children in making a difference in the lives of young patients.

  • Lemonade Stand: Create a grassroots lemonade stand on your street.
  • Mini Carnival: Grab some friends in the neighborhood and host a carnival where kids play games with change.
  • Change for Children's: Young athletes from participating sports leagues can help their peers by organizing their own fundraiser with teammates to collect small coins.
  • Pool Swims: Host a lap-a-thon during a swim practice, ask for pledges/donations before the event and Swim Across America will provide giveaways for your team.
  • Meal Bags: Help provide meal assistance to parents of patients at your next birthday party or friend gathering. Follow our guidelines to create meal bags.

A Children's branded bucket, banner or balloons can be provided upon request.

The money raised will help fund kid-oriented initiatives through our funding goals for the year. Download our printable displays to show how your fundraiser could benefit the hospital.

Looking for something fun to do with your kids at home? Check out our Hope and Will Coloring Pages.

Contact Amanda Doran or call 404-785-4293 for more information.