TCA STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Christopher Bunting, Tucker Civic Associations 2016 Student of the Year!
Chris has been active in Habitat for Humanity in both home construction and fund raising, Atlanta Food Bank, and has been a long time volunteer for TCA’s Give An Hour events. Chris recently served as vice president of Tucker High School’s Beta Club.
Each year TCA honors a graduating senior from Tucker High School who has embodied the spirit of community service. The award includes a plaque and a $300 scholarship check.
DR. LOIS RICCI HONORED AS TCA 2016 MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Dr. Lois Ricci for winning the Tucker Civic Association 2016 Member of the Year award!
Dr. Ricci is the chair of TCA’s Tucker Lifelong Community (TLC) Committee. TLC is a joint initiative with the Atlanta Regional Commission. The goal of the program is to help Tucker be a community where people can move to and stay in for life. Under Dr. Ricci’s guidance the program has been off to a great start! TCA appreciates all that Dr. Ricci does for our organization and the community!
MICHELLE PENKAVA, TCA CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Michelle Penkava, TCA’s Citizen of the Year for 2015.
Michelle has donated countless hours for the betterment of the Tucker Community via her work with school PTAs, Tucker Parent Council, and Tucker 2015.
We thank you, Michelle, for your hard work, dedication, and love for the Tucker Community!
WHAT IS THE TUCKER CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Tucker Civic Association is a non-profit volunteer organization of residents and business owners located in Tucker, Georgia. We are committed to promoting a healthy, safe, and fun community for all residents –the young, the aging, and the people who care for them.
What does Tucker Civic Do?
- We preserve the small town atmosphere of Tucker and maintain the integrity of our residential areas
- We help improve commercial areas and encourage a robust local economy
- We are the “go-to” group for planning, land use, and zoning issues in the Tucker area
- We work with parks and green space initiatives
- We partner with public safety groups such as neighborhood watch programs, police officers, and fire stations
- We establish good relationships with other organizations in metro Atlanta, such as the ARC, ONE Dekalb, and others
How Can I Volunteer? The Tucker Civic Association sponsors a “Give An Hour” (GAH) volunteer project each month. The GAH program allows community members the opportunity to be involved by giving just one hour a month doing such things as helping spruce up a local park, providing items to a local food bank or showing support for our local police and fire personnel.
TUCKER LIFELONG COMMUNITY
Through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Lifelong Communities Initiative, Tucker has received $28,000 in grants from Grantmakers in Aging and the Pfizer Foundation to promote housing and transportation options, encourage healthy lifestyles, and expand access to services, as part of Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages. This new initiative is funding nonprofits in five U.S. cities to help accelerate local efforts to make communities more age-friendly and places where older adults can age in place and age well.
Stakeholders in Tucker have identified three primary projects that aim to increase safety for residents of all ages; sidewalks on Main Street will be outfitted with handrails, three community gardens will see upgrades to accessibility and capacity, and Tucker-area bus stops will be retrofitted with new seating to improve comfort and ease of use for MARTA riders. In addition to the infrastructure projects, ARC and Tucker stakeholders will collaborate on additional health and wellness education programs and Lifelong Communities Initiatives.
Tucker Lifelong Community has also received a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta that includes $5,000 to support programming and planning focused on senior services and engagement and $10,000 for community coaching to set up and implement the program.
The Tucker Lifelong Community Project is committed to creating a “home for a lifetime” by building, promoting, and expanding accessibility of service programs, diverse housing and transportation options, and encouraging healthy lifestyles for residents of all ages. The program is based on input from the community through surveys and ongoing focus groups and upcoming events.
For more information, please visit the Tucker Lifelong Community website.