Giving Thanks to Our VaHi Community

With Thanksgiving this week, the Virginia Highland District Association is feeling especially grateful for the community and people that make VaHi home.

We took a few moments to reflect on our top three neighborhood gratitudes, and we hope you find some time in this season of giving thanks to create space for yourself to reflect on your year and your community.

Sending you warm holiday wishes to you and you families!

VHDA Board Gratitudes

Lindsay Wheeler, Co-Founder, Board Member

  • Grateful for North Highland Park and the space it provides for community gathering.
  • Grateful for Gail and Steve at Urban Cottage; they treat us like family and take such good care of us. 
  • Grateful for the Board of Virginia Highland District for their passion and love to make our neighborhood the best it can be! 

Katie Voelpel, Co-Founder, Board Member

  • Grateful for our neighbors who feel like an extended family. 
  • Grateful for the early history, streetcar design, and tree lined streets that make room for all types of people and life.
  • Grateful for a community that keeps me motivated to do better.

Nina Carrick, Board Member 

  • Grateful for the love and support that the neighbors have shown for this community, even in times of divide and uncertainty.
  • Grateful that the businesses treat us like family.
  • Grateful for the pride I feel in calling VaHi my home.

Melissa Shaughnessy, Board Member

  • Grateful for the “small-town feel” VaHi provides in the huge city we live in, which is a known rarity. The ability to see and talk to the familiar faces of our community on a daily basis is such a cool thing you don’t usually get to experience in other big cities.
  • Grateful for the wonderful schools our residents have the privilege to be zoned.
  • Between the one-of-a-kind homes, gorgeous architecture, and local shops and restaurants, I’m grateful to live in a walkable neighborhood of such beauty.

Dora Marquez, Board Member

  • I’m grateful to have moved to Atlanta last year and discovered the eclectic Virginia Highland neighborhood.
  • I’m thankful for neighbors and friends in this community who feel more like family — always there for you and willing to lend a hand or make a difference.
  • Grateful for the space 2020 has given us to reflect on what really matters and how, even in these tough times, the community has come together to adapt to challenges.

Brittany Hester, Board Member

  • I’m grateful for being apart of an organization that is working hard to improve the community and that has given me the chance to get close to so many neighbors and business owners.
  • So grateful for how the neighbors have supported us so we’re able to continue planning and organizing community events.
  • And I’m grateful for how leading the communication and marketing efforts for the association has helped me grow in my personal career path.

Judie Levy, Board Member

  • I’m grateful for such a tight-knit community where I can walk down the street and run into friends and say “Hi” to neighbors.
  • I’m grateful that so many community members have joined our planting projects or stopped by to ask us what we’re doing. 
  • I’m grateful for this group of board members who always have amazingly creative ideas for giving back to and strengthening our community.


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