GAWL Foundation Community Service

GAWL is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Honorable Debra Bernes Community Service Award!

The late Honorable Debra Bernes, formerly a member of the Court of Appeals’ bench, was an active member of her community and gave back in many ways. The GAWL Foundation’s Community Service Award was renamed in her honor following her death in 2010 after a long battle with cancer. The Honorable Debra Bernes Community Service Award recognizes a GAWL member who has a track record of exceptional service to the greater community through pro bono work and community service. Award recipients personify the GAWL Foundation’s mission to encourage philanthropy by women lawyers in Georgia for the benefit of the greater community. Judge Bernes set an example for what it means to be a community volunteer, and the GAWL Foundation seeks to honor GAWL members who follow in her footsteps.

Past recipients of The Honorable Debra Bernes Community Volunteer Award are Amy Kolczak (2010); Amanda Wick (2011); Katie Salinas Acree (2012); Christian F. Torgrimson (2013); Adele P. Grubbs (2014); Stacey K. Hydrick (2015); Laura Rashidi-Yazd (2016); Susan Edlein (2017).

Please nominate deserving GAWL members using this nomination form. You may nominate more than one person. Nomination deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018.

Volunteer with GAWL!

Nicholas House
GAWL is committed to serving dinner to the residents of Nicholas House on the second Wednesday of each month. The Nicholas House helps homeless families achieve self-sufficiency and is the only shelter in Atlanta that provides housing to homeless families regardless of family makeup. They provide temporary housing while addressing the root causes of family homelessness so a family may never be homeless again. Sign up for a GAWL Volunteer Dinner Night here

Other Volunteer Opportunities
Additionally, GAWL holds various community service opportunities and Days of Service throughout the year. Past service opportunity partners include: Atlanta Community Food Bank, MedShare, and Trees Atlanta.

Check the GAWL event calendar and follow GAWL on Facebook for updates and information on upcoming service opportunities!  

Please contact if you have any questions, would like additional information on service opportunities, or would like to suggest a future service opportunity. 

Thank you for your willingness to serve!