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Join Us for our First-Ever
Earth Day on English Avenue!


This April, Friends of English Avenue – in partnership with the Captain Planet Foundation – will host its inaugural Earth Day on English Avenue! The two-day event will take place Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, featuring a Community Clean Up (April 21st & 22nd as presented by Friends of English Avenue) and the Earth Day 5K and Kid’s Fun Run (Saturday morning the 22nd as presented by Captain Planet Foundation).

Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs and initiatives of Captain Planet Foundation and Friends of English Avenue, including the development of a sustainable teen workers program.


Community Clean Up
Click here to sign-up!
Location: Lindsay Street Baptist Church
550 Lindsay St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Date: Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22

Friday, April 21
9:00AM – 12:00PM – Community Clean Up

Saturday, April 22
10:00AM – 1:00PM – Community Clean Up


Teams will focus on assigned blocks of the English Avenue community.
Projects to include:

  • Street & Lot Clean-up: Picking up trash and debris on the street; clearing vacant lots of debris and overgrowth, etc.
  • Home Landscaping: Fence staining, backyard beautification, exterior painting, and interior home clean up.
  • Planting: Spreading mulch or pine straw, removing invasive plant species, mulching, planting trees and wildflowers.

5K Run and 1K Kids Fun Run
Click here to register!
Location: Lindsay Street Baptist Church
550 Lindsay St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Date: Saturday, April 22

Run Route


  • 5K Run & 1K Fun Run around the English Avenue community
  • Finish Medals for category winners
  • USATF Certified Peachtree Road Race Qualifier
  • Captain Planet Costume Contest: Best Captain Planet Costume Runner wins a prize!
  • Early Packet Pickup at Phidippides, Ansley Mall: April 15, 17-19
    • April 15 (10AM-6PM)
    • April 17-19 (10AM-7PM)

7:30AM – Race day number pickup, but early pickup is recommended
8:00AM – 5k race starts
8:30AM – 1k kids fun run starts
12:00PM – Awards ceremony and small picnic for the runners.

Presenting Organizations

About Friends of English Avenue
Since the Friends of English Avenue, Inc. became incorporated in April of 2009, they have spearheaded beautification/clean-up, crime reduction, and green-space development initiatives that have significantly impacted English Avenue residents, and the community as a whole. Our mission is to make English Avenue a safer and better place to live, improving our broader community of Atlanta.

About Captain Planet Foundation
Based on the critically-acclaimed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, CPF was co-founded in 1991 by media mogul Ted Turner and producer Barbara Pyle. Since then, the Captain Planet Foundation has played a critical role in helping to ensure that the next generation of business leaders and policy makers are environmentally literate citizens who leverage technology and information to manage and protect the air, land, and water upon which all life depends.

CPF is a grant-making foundation that has funded over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 25 countries internationally.

More than 1.4 million children have directly participated in and benefited from these educational projects. In addition to its Small Grants Program, the Captain Planet Foundation also operates the following programs: Project Learning Garden, Project Hero, and the Institute (science education initiatives that promote the intersections between technology, innovation, the environment and personal action).


Save the Dates: Join us as we celebrate Friends of English Avenue’s 10th Anniversary


  • Friday, November 4: FEA presents at the Westside Future Fund’s Transform Westside Summit
    • Time: 7:15 – 9 a.m.
    • Location: The Gathering Spot, 384 Northyards Blvd NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313
  • Thursday, November 17: FEA’s 10th Anniversary Annual Report Luncheon 
    • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
    • Location: Lindsay Street Baptist Church, 550 Lindsay St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
    • RSVP Required. Click here to RSVP. 
  • Thursday, November 17: FEA’s 10th Anniversary Town Hall Meeting + Candlelight Vigil 
    • Time: 5 – 9 p.m. (Reception: 5 p.m.; Town Hall Meeting: 6 p.m.; Vigil: 8 p.m.)
    • Location: Lindsay Street Baptist Church, 550 Lindsay St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
  • Sunday, November 20: Kathryn Johnston Day at Lindsay Street Baptist Church,
    with remarks by guest speaker and Friends of English Avenue founder, John Gordon 

    • Time: 10 a.m. 
    • Location: Lindsay Street Baptist Church, 550 Lindsay St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314


We are very proud of the 10 young men for finishing their 8th and final week of our Youth Summer Beautification Program, where we employ youth (AGES 14-24) from English Avenue to clean up trash, remove overgrowth, anIMG_7289d plant flowers to improve the physical appearance of the community.
In addition to providing youth participants with work experience, life skills, educational enrichment, and substance abuse courses are integrated into the program, thanks to our partnership with Street Smart Youth Project.
Thanks to our awesome Beautification Coordinator, Everarde Calk, yoga practices are also incorporated on a weekly basis.





WHEN: Wednesday, May 25th from 6:30-9:30PM 

WHERE: the home of John and Helen Gordon- 3914 The Highlands NW Atlanta, GA 30327

WHAT: The proceeds from this event will be used to fund our after school music program that is currently under development. Our goal is to raise $30,000 to fully fund the music program for the first year

Live music, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Throw on your jeans and come for what is certain to be a good time!




Special thank you to Northside United Methodist Church for purchasing ALL the appliances for our second Police Housing Project! This puts us one step closer to getting the house ready for an Atlanta Police Officer to move in and make a lasting impact in English Avenue.
We are grateful for Dr. Gil Watson’s leadership, which has resulted in valuable resources and awareness being given to our organization.
In addition to the purchase of a brand new refrigerator, washer, dryer, stove, dishwasher, and microwave, they also bought us 2 new toilets needed for the downstairs bathrooms! Elm St Police House - loading toilets (2)


Thank you to the Glenn Institute of Westminster Schools for featuring us in this video documentary,which raises awareness about the prevalence of food insecurity in Atlanta.


We appreciate the AJC giving us an opportunity to share our story.  Check out the article by clicking on the following link: Making A Difference in English Avenue


Join us for lunch to celebrate our 9th year of service in the English Avenue Community! To reserve your seat at the luncheon, RSVP to Suzanne Baker at and indicate how many guests will be joining you.

Wednesday, November 11th


Lindsay Street Baptist Church

550 Lindsay Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30314


SEPTEMBER 25, 2015: STREET CLEAN-UP WITH CHICK-FIL-A FOUNDATION:  In preparation for an annual community festival known as the Festival of Lights, we perform street clean-ups every year along the festival parade route to reduce litter and beautify the community.  Big thank you to the volunteers from the Chick-fil-a Foundation for their hard work to get the streets free of litter and overgrowth!21604570508_acbf02ba36_b

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015: WSB-TV CHANNEL 2 NEWS COVERAGE OF POLICE HOUSE #2: Our first Police Housing Project showed us first hand that moving an Atlanta Police Officer into a formerly vacant home used for criminal activity is the most sustainable way to create stability and peace in the community.  We are excited to be one step closer towards implementing our second Police Housing Project on the eastern side of English Avenue!  

Check out the latest news coverage from WSB-TV: Sep 23, 8 41 28 AM

JUNE 10, 2015: Father’s Day Fundraiser at Onward Reserve: Huge thank you to Onward Reserve owner, TJ Callaway, for donating 15% of the sale proceeds on June 10th to our mission!  We appreciate the support of local businesses!  Onward Reserve event 6.2015


JUNE 2015: SMART KID, SMART LUNCH SUMMER PROGRAM:            FREE lunches will be served to kids (1-18 years old) every Monday starting June 1st and ending August 3rd.  Nearly 1 million children in Georgia receive free or reduced lunch at school, a crucial meal that disappears in the summer. Thank you to Action Ministries for making this initiative possible!  Check out the news coverage from Channel 2 WSB-TV: 

WHEN: June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3     WHERE: Heritage Hall of the Lindsay Street Baptist Church                                                               881 North Avenue, Atlanta GA 30318                                                                                       TIME: 12PM- first come first serve!

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015Buy great clothes for a great cause!
Please join us for a “Sip & Shop” at J.McLaughlin where 15% of the proceeds will be donated to our revitalization efforts of the English Avenue Community!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29th, 11AM-3PM
WHERE: J. McLaughlin at Peachtree Battle
2341 Peachtree Rd Suite 16
Atlanta, GA 30305

JANUARY 2015: Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our resident farmers, our urban farms produced 3,200 pounds of produce in 2014

  • English Avenue Urban Farm-2,100 lbs. in 2014, founded in 2012, managed by Jamaica Wricketts.
  • Elm Street Urban Farm-1,235 lbs. in 2014, founded in 2013, managed by Dariel Vaughn

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NOVEMBER 21, 2014: Thank you to everyone who came to our Annual Luncheon at the Lindsay Street Baptist Church.  We had over 120 people attend, and we are overwhelmed by the support!  We enjoyed sharing our successes from 2014, and are even more excited about our upcoming projects that will be implemented in 2015-2016.

Click the following link to watch the 2 minute WSB-TV news clip on our 2014 Annual Luncheon:


JUNE 30, 2014: Click the link below to see the WSB-TV video showing the transformation made at the Elm Street Urban Farm from 2013-2014!

Big thank you to the Cox Conserves Heroes Program for bringing funds and awareness to our urban farming initiatives in English Avenue!

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24TH from 5:30-8:00 PM: Join us to dedicate our new Elm Street Urban Farm, where we are growing the English Avenue tomato! We are inviting donors, community residents, friends, and partners (FACAA, Cherokee Garden Club, and The Westminster Schools 5th Grade Class) to attend a barbecue and family gathering.

The event is called “Atlanta Joins Hands with English Avenue”.  We are planning a fun and uplifting event with live music, great food, and games for kids.  And you will get to see the beautiful Urban Farm that you helped make possible.  So, we hope you can attend.  


MARCH 27TH, 2014: We’d like to extend a HUGE thank to you Paul Morgan with RainHarvest Company, Inc. for the time, effort, and expense it took to install our rain water irrigation system at the Elm Street Urban Farm!  Paul and his dedicated crew spent over two days installing the underground piping and drip lines that will allow us to adequately irrigate our crops using rain water. Paul, we couldn’t do it without you!  Check out the RainHarvest Company website to find out more about what they do:

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MARCH 7th, 2014 Check out this 3 minute video about the English Avenue Community and the mission of Peace Preparatory Academy to raise the educational standards and opportunities for the youth in English Avenue, Vine City, and the Westside Community.  

We are honored to have our Community Urban Farm featured in this video.  We are even more honored to have Peace Prep’s Founder and English Avenue resident, Benajmin Wills, as a part of our Board. 


FEBRUARY 9TH, 2014 We are excited to have these hand made benches installed at the Elm Street Urban Farm! Even better, all the benches were made by English Avenue residents. Placing benches in the urban farm will encourage residents to come sit down and enjoy the elm st benchesgreen space and will improve social bonds.

Big thank you to Jesse Phillips, an English Avenue resident who began this bench building initiative. Jesse Phillips explains why he started this initiative below: 

“As a concerned neighbor, I’ve found that handouts don’t help people in the long run – the create dependency & entitlement. However, providing a fair exchange of payment for service is empowering and dignified. 

So, I tried to find a way to give money for work. Initially I paid guys to wash my car and sweep the porch. But you can only do that so many times. The need in our neighborhood is so great, I wanted to try and find a sustainable way to provide work for my neighbors. So I happened upon this bench building idea. One of our neighbors built a bench from some pallets we had in the back yard, and it looked pretty cool. So I decided to try and expand on that. I made a few more benches with him, then we sold them to my friends. Then we built a few more and they started catching on with other folks.

We’re still in the start-up stages and I’m losing more money than I’m making, but I’m able to provide weekly work for 2 guys for 4 hours/week each + 1 guy who brings pallets. They make about $10/hr. I’m hoping to reach sustainability soon.”

JANUARY 9TH, 2014- A non-profit organization in English Avenue, GROW Montessori, is launching their first “Baby University” on March 1, 2014 to empower and equip mothers in English Avenue and Vine City. This free, 8-week course will cover topics such as infant CPR, car seat safety, positive discipline, soothing techniques, vocabulary enrichment, home safety, and baby massage. Free food and childcare will be provided at each class.  

-Learn more about the “Baby University”                                -Support this initiative through an online donation:

DECEMBER 26TH, 2013- Check out the article written by Atlanta Intown on the Friends of English Avenue: FEA Founder and Co-Founder, John Gordon and Reverend Anthony MotleyFEA Founder and Co-Founder, John Gordon and Reverend Anthony Motley, speak the the Centennial Block Party Celebration at the Lindsay Street Baptist Church.


NOVEMBER 12TH, 2013 Congrats to FEA Founder, John Gordon for being named the 2013 Cox Conserves Hero for his environmental work in the English Avenue Community!  FEA was awarded $10,000 as a result of this victory!  Thank you to Cox Enterprises, the Trust for Public Land, and Channel 2 WSB-TV for recognizing and supporting unsung heroes who are making changes in the greater Atlanta community every day.

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John was pleased to accept this award on behalf of the English Avenue residents, who will be the beneficiaries of this generous gift.


NOVEMBER 3RD, 2013 Our Urban Farm is coming along well in our third Fall season. We have produced over 1,600 pounds of produce thus far in 2013!  Stay tuned for information on what fruits and vegetables we’ll be harvesting!


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Our amazing resident farmer, Jamaica, harvesting lettuce. 

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