Saturday, March 16th, was not a holiday and it was not a nation-wide service day, but that didn’t stop Hands On Thomas County (HOTC) and more than 60 of Thomas County’s citizens from using their Saturday to help individuals and non-profit agencies in need.
The Thomas County Head Start Center was the site of a Manna Drop in partnership with America’s Second Harvest. Volunteers from Project Backyard Outreach joined with HOTC to make a difference at the free food distribution for Head Start families; and also at Safe Haven, helping to organize the facility which delivers quality nutrition and humanitarian care to people and families affected by HIV and AIDS. At the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society, volunteers from Brookwood School and Commercial Bank, with assistance from Stony Creek Landscaping, spent the morning clearing the woods surrounding the Humane Society in the hopes of discouraging people from abandoning their pets in the overgrown area. This is a continuing project that started on Hands On Thomas County Day in October 2012. Both Commercial Bank and Stony Creek Landscaping have been integral forces in helping to keep this large project moving toward completion. A Pine Straw Fundraiser on behalf of HOTC also took place at Golden Services which hopes to make this a twice yearly event (spring and fall) benefiting HOTC volunteer and community service programs.
“Initially, we didn’t have any specific volunteer efforts scheduled for Saturday, but then we found ourselves with several projects that needed to be done and several groups of volunteers wanting to get out and work,” says Joe Newborn, Program and Events Director for HOTC. “These unplanned volunteer days truly represent HOTC’s mission of meeting the needs of the community by connecting volunteers to those needs; regardless of whether or not it coincides with an annual signature event or program.”
As spring approaches and sunny days prevail, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities to fill in March and April, including a service day at Hands & Hearts for Horses on April 6, house painting for Thomasville Landmarks, and sprucing up the Boston Primitive Church. Be sure to check out our event calendar, or email us if you are interested in helping.