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Atlanta is one of two cities designated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a "civic site" - place where the Foundation has a long-term commitment to improving the futures of at-risk children. For more than 60 years, the Casey Foundation has worked to help vulnerable children and families throughout America, but we have a special connection with Atlanta, which became the UPS headquarters in 1993. UPS grew out of a small messenger service started in 1907 by a teenager named Jim Casey in order to help his widowed mother support him and his three younger siblings. The company's later success allowed Jim Casey and his siblings to launch a charitable foundation in 1948 named for their mother, Annie E. Casey.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's long term commitment to Atlanta has been guided since 2001 by proven practices,strong partnerships, and sound investments that help build successful futures for children and families. In Atlanta and across the country, we are supporting efforts to increase opportunities for children and strengthen familiesthrough evidence-based strategiesthat can be replicated and expandedto scale.The Casey Foundation's efforts havebeen focused on a set of neighborhoods located just south of downtownAtlanta, called Neighborhood PlanningUnit V (NPU-V). In these neighborhoods,we are working with young children and their parents to ensure that childrenlearn to read by thirdgrade so that they can read to learn inlater grades and go on to succeed in school and careers. We are working with parents and other adults to ensure that they have access to employment, work supports, and asset-building opportunities that can provide their families with financial security and stability. And, we are working with residents, community organizations, and public agencies to ensure that these neighborhoods be-come places where children and their families can be safe and successful. Each of these three efforts has benefits of its own, but Casey believes that by bundling services to address the needs of two generations simultaneously—along with the needs of the communities in which they live—those benefits are profoundly increased. These ambitious goals require deep collaboration and partnership. The Casey Foundation Atlanta Civic Site invites you to join with us to build better futures for the children and families in NPU-V and across Atlanta.