Jesse Grossman is the founder and CEO of Community Bucket, an Atlanta-based venture that connects millenials with service projects throughout the city… with a social twist. It’s all about making the city better, while also helping (relatively) young folks connect with one another. Get to know Jesse and Community Bucket…
Q. What is Community Bucket, and why is it awesome?
A. Community Bucket is a better platform for meeting new people around Atlanta. We connect like-minded, socially conscious adults – typically in the 20’s to 30’s age range – through social volunteering experiences with local nonprofits. We launched in 2012 and have since been building a community of people who are looking for new ways to do good and meet new friends.
Community Bucket is awesome because of the people who join. It’s a diverse group of young, active people from many backgrounds, yet everyone is connected by the simple desires to do good and be social. Hundreds of people have embraced the concept already, and we are constantly impressed by the quality of people who attend our events. Everyone shows up to have a good time and genuinely get to know other people, and we think that is awesome. As we expand, we hope to show more Atlantans the power of ‘Service Made Social.’
Q. Mayor for the day- what’s on your agenda?
A. Well, this is going to be one busy day…I’ll probably start with a just few big things that may or may not get me fired after day 1…but here we go:
I’d lift the regulations against street vendors and food trucks so we can catch up to other U.S. cities on the growing local/independent food scene.
I’d make MARTA free every Friday, and subsidize all taxis on the weekends so people are incentivized to use public transportation.
I’d give all teachers a hefty raise, because they deserve it
I’d keep the Braves at Turner Field
Q. 24 hours to eat your way through Atlanta- where are you going, and what are you eating?
A. That sounds too good to be true… so I am definitely starting my day with a big breakfast at Sun in My Belly. Next, I’m heading over to Lotta Frutta in the Old Fourth Ward for a delicious Cuban-style sandwich. After lunch, I’ll walk up the beltline and get a Chocolate Sea Salt King of Pops in Inman Park. For an early dinner, I am trekking up Buford Highway for some BiBimBap and traditional Korean food at Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House. And to keep the gluttony going, I will probably eat my second dinner at The Porter in L5P, the best bacon burger in town (in my opinion), along with some type of dark beer on draft. If I’m still hungry after that, I’ll probably get some pizza from Fellini’s on Ponce. There’s truly too much good food in this city for one day.
Q. Favorite neighborhoods?
A. I really like the revitalization of the Old Fourth Ward in recent years, with all of its independent restaurants, bars and stores. It’s also very walk-able with the Eastside Trail now complete, and the Freedom Trail that connects it with other cool neighborhoods. Plus, you never know what you’re going to find when walking around.
Q. In ten years, Community Bucket will…
A. We’re going to be a staple in every major city, because we combine two very important things that matter to young professionals: meeting people and making an impact. From Atlanta to New York to Seattle, we believe we can be the solution for millions of young people. One of our goals is to positively change the perception of volunteering. We already do so by creating a superior experience that is built around ‘service made social.’ Not only does it benefit the individuals, but it makes our cities that much better.