More than 75 people attended Hands On Thomas County’s Cheers for Volunteers Reception & Awards on April 22, 2014 at the historic Hardy Bryan House, home office of HOTC. With April being National Volunteer Month, April 19-26 was officially declared HOTC Volunteer Week by mayoral proclamation. Volunteer Week is a celebration of service and volunteers, making it the perfect time to announce Hands On Thomas County’s very first Hands On Heroes.
Hands On Heroes is a new annual program to recognize outstanding volunteer efforts in our community. Nearly 20 recommendations and nominations were submitted by area non-profit agencies and community leaders in student, individual and group categories. Award winners were selected by a committee. Winners received handcrafted Hands On Heroes awards, a Downtown Thomasville Gift Basket (individual winner), and a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship (student winner). On behalf of our non-profit partners, we are proud to recognize these very special volunteers who shine brightly in the eyes of local non-profit agencies and community members as Hands On Heroes.
Individual – Mrs. Melissa B. Thomas
Mrs. Thomas is being honored for her commitment to service through Hands & Hearts for Horses, which provides equine therapy, Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe, the Boys & Girls Club, Hand in Hand Primary, Children’s Miracle Network and the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation which benefits local children’s charities and programs, and many others. A successful business woman, devoted wife and mother, and passionate and active advocate for so many in our community, Mrs. Thomas is a true inspiration to all.
Student – Ms. Kelsey Reddick
Ms. Reddick is a senior at Thomasville High School Scholars Academy, and outgoing President of the Rotary Interact Club, a student organization dedicated to volunteer service. She had demonstrated remarkable servant leader qualities, and we have been very impressed with her and the Interact Club as they have assisted at various sites including Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest. We are thankful to have such committed youth such as Kelsey working on behalf of our community.
Group – Thomasville Junior Service League
For over 80 years, the JSL has been an important part of our community, helping children in Thomas County through fundraising and service. Beneficiaries of their good work include the Treehouse, the Thomas County Public Library, Thomasville Entertainment Foundation, Plantation Wildlife Festival, Thomasville Antiques Show, Project Rosebud, Thomasville Community Resource Center, Halcyon Home and many, many more. They have been a part of every HOTC Day for the past 10 years. What we love most about JSL is their enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to lend a hand wherever it is needed.
Nominees recognized included: Ms. Natalie Ballard, Mr. Brian Bauer, Mr. Rich Curtis, Mr. Michael McCullough, Ms. Marjorie Shaw, Mrs. Melissa B. Thomas, Cadet Justin Coleman, Ms. Kelsey Reddick, Mr. Jonathan Rieber, Thomasville High School AFJROTC, Thomasville Junior Senior League, and Thomas County Middle School MERIT Program,
Hands On Thomas County would like to thank all the nominees, award winners, those who took the time to make a nomination, and all those who volunteer tirelessly and selflessly every day. You are all HEROES to us!