Project Impact Summer Service Camp

Project Impact Summer Service Camp

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Student Hands On Thomas County is proud to present Project IMPACT 2017 Summer Service Camp, June 12-16.

Open to rising 6th-9th graders, IMPACT is a week of fun and hands-on volunteer service. We’re currently working on exciting and fun projects for 2017, but this will give you an idea of what we do during camp:

Click here to see a sample schedule.
Click here to read about (and see pictures of) last year’s rewarding week, and our new Project Impact Outreach program for local youth organizations.

Plus, students may earn up to 20 community service hours for their participation (pending prior approval from their school) that may be applied to the upcoming school year.

Cost is $75 per camper, and includes t-shirt, and lunch on 2 chosen days.

TEACHERS! Help your students get a head start on their community service hours, download a printable camp flyer here to distribute to your class. Click here!

Sign up now; space is limited; first come, first served; and fills up quickly.  Click here to print out a REGISTRATION FORM. Application, release and payment must be received to reserve your spot.

We need volunteers to help make this program possible! If you are interested in being a youth (16+) or adult counselor for Project IMPACT, click here for an application.

Thank you to all the donors who help make these programs possible, especially Diamond Level and above Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. Clint Kadel, Mr. & Mrs. Philip C. Watt, Ashley Homestore. The Gift Shop, and the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation.

2017 Cheers For Volunteers!

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More than 75 community members gathered on Tuesday, April 25 to honor local volunteers during Hands On Thomas County’s Cheers for Volunteers Reception & Awards at The Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.  With April being National Volunteer Month, April 19-22 was HOTC Volunteer Week, a celebration of service and volunteers, making it the perfect time to announce Hands On Thomas County’s 4th annual Hands On Heroes. Scroll down for pictures!

Group HOHforsliderHands On Heroes is an annual program to recognize outstanding volunteer efforts in our community. More than 25 nominations were submitted by non-profit agencies and community leaders in student, individual and group categories. Award winners and honorable mentions were selected by a committee based, not just on hours served, but impact, passion, commitment and inspiration. Winners received handcrafted Hands On Heroes awards, Everfan Super Hero Capes, and a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship (for the student winner). On behalf of local non-profit partners, HOTC is 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 Category (volunteers 18+ who serve independently in Thomas County)

Honorable Mention – Ms. Laura Pike, Ms. Gina Shumake, Ms. Crystal Willis

Leta Dawson - Marvin's wifeHands On Heroes Award Winner – Mr. Marvin Dawson
Mr. Dawson currently serves with Thomas University, United Way and CASA, but his true value to our community comes from his volunteer efforts benefiting local youth at the MNW Boys & Girls Club, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity where he mentors young men and women helping them become proud citizens and leaders in their own right. His commitment to youth, belief in their bright potential, and his model leadership makes him a true Hands On Hero!

Student Category (youth in grades 6-9 in Thomas County)

Honorable Mention – Ms. Kai Frazier, Ms. Katie Wise

Malyce CollinsHands On Heroes Award Winner – Ms. Malyce Collins
A Senior at Scholars Academy, not only is Ms. Collins a regular volunteer and vice president of Rose City Strings Interact Club which focuses on community service, but she took it upon herself to create her own service club, EARTH (Environmental Awareness & Relief Touching Humanity) Club which encourages fellow students to volunteer to make the world a better place. Efforts have included Hands & Hearts For Horses, tree planting, and raising funds to order recycle bins for the school. Her goal is to involve not only her school, but the entire community, in making a difference. We recognize and applaud her efforts to engage her peers, and exhibit true leadership qualities.

Group Category (businesses, organizations and civic clubs in Thomas County)

Honorable Mention – Longhorn Steakhouse, Thomas County Central High School Student  Ambassadors

TU Men's SoccerHands On Heroes Award Winner – Thomas University Men’s Soccer Team
If you are a local sports fan or a non-profit, you are familiar with this group. They successfully balance school, work, jobs, practice, and games – yet still manage time to volunteer, as a Team and as individuals, in the community – not once in a while, but year-round – for organizations like HOTC, TASF, Vashti, Humane Society, Lives Without Limits and many more, including disaster relief efforts from the past January’s devastating storms. Most of these players are not originally from Thomasville, the state of Georgia, or even this continent, yet they contribute to this community like it is their home, and make it a better place as a result.

THS AF JROTCHands On Heroes Award Winner – Student Group:  Thomasville High School Air Force Junior ROTC
The corps cadets have a mission: to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. Although the cadets may change from year to year, their commitment as a unit to service before self does not. They participate regularly in HOTC event days, and they are frequent volunteers for events and organizations that promote patriotism and unity.

Other nominees included: Jerrylene Brown, Glenda Butler, Marc Decosta, Shanna Derby, Katy Garbett, Kirstern James, Ken McKinnis, Rebecca Ramsey, Thomas County Health Department

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!

Internship Available

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HOTC is currently accepting resumes for a summer* internship position. If you are motivated and friendly, have great computer skills, and a love for volunteers and non-profits, we’d love to hear from you! Click here for more information. volshirt

*Our organization and needs have grown so that we can also consider year-round internship opportunities that coordinate with your school schedule. Please specify your preferred time period in your cover letter.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please email us your current resume with a cover letter and references in PDF or Word format. We must receive all three items in order for your application to be considered. No phone calls please.

Volunteer Week

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April is National Volunteer Month.  Join us for Thomas County’s very own Volunteer Week, April 22-29, 2017. Volunteer Week is a celebration of service and all the volunteers who help make good things happen in our community. During this annual event (always the week before Rose Festival), we’ll have select volunteer opportunities (of course!), volunteer “shout-outs”, and Appreciation Stations at select businesses around town. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who make this such a great community to be a part of! Take a look at what we’re planning and check back for updates!

 Be sure to check our events calendar throughout the week and  join us on Facebook for new opportunities, updates and “shout-outs”.

 Thank you, Thomas County, for being a community that volunteers! 

Saturday, April 22
Manna Drop
Volunteer Opportunity!

Feeding the hungry in our own back yard. Sign up to volunteer here.

due south logoSaturday, April 22
Due South
Volunteer Opportunity!
Art, food and music benefiting the Thomasville Center for the Arts.  Sign up to volunteer here!

M-F, April 24-28
Care Package Collection Drive
Volunteer Opportunity!
Give back!  Local agencies are  in need of travel size toiletries for volunteers to make care packages for families displaced from their homes. More details here.

M-F, April 24-28
Appreciation Station!
Stop by Grassroots Coffee at 118 S. Broad St. any time this week, identify yourself as an HOTC Volunteer and receive a free cup of java on the house!

M-F, April 24-28
Appreciation Station!
We love our volunteers! Come by our office at 120 E. Monroe Street all this week to receive a free HOTC Decal. While supplies last.

quirky perksM-F, April 24-28
Quirky Perks
Appreciation Station!
Come by our office at 120 E. Monroe Street all this week to receive a coupon for a small container of cookies compliments of Quirky Perks. Supplies limited. Coupon must be redeemed AT Quirky Perks by 4/30.

M-W, April 24-26
Second Harvest
Volunteer Opportunity!
Volunteers wanted to sort and pack food for local families in need from 3pm – 5:30pm.  Come one day, come all! This is a great volunteer opportunity for students. Find out more here!

Tuesday, April 25
Cheers for Volunteers
Appreciation Station!
Help us toast the many volunteers that make a difference in our community as we present our Hands On Heroes award winners. Click here for info!

T,T April 25&27
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society
Volunteer Opportunity!
Lend a hand to help our furry friends at the Humane Society afternoons from 3-5pm. Cleaning and maintenance, animal socialization, bathing and grooming animals – these are just some of the needs. Click here to learn how to volunteer.

W-F, April 26-28
Keep Thomas County Beautiful
Volunteer Opportunity!
Help keep our community clean and pretty by picking up litter as part of the Great American Clean Up! This flexible volunteer opportunity is great for students and families with busy schedules. Details here!

Friday, April 28,
Rose Show Parade
Volunteer Opportunity!
Adult volunteers needed to help with the Post-Parade Meal for parade participants from 6pm – 9pm. Click here to find out how to help.

NSD-Rec-Bag-Order-Form-slider testFriday, April 28
National Super Hero Day
Another way to recognize our many community heroes – purchase a Hero Recognition Bag from Everfan, and proceeds will be donated to local Backpack Buddies programs. It’s win, win! For information on how you can participate, click here. Hurry, only 100 bags available; deadline is April 17.

Volunteers are our community’s heroes!

Saturday, April 29
Bark in the Park
Volunteer Opportunity!
Lend a hand at this fun event benefiting the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society. Volunteer info here.

Art in the ParkSaturday, April 29
Art In The Park
Volunteer Opportunity!
Volunteers will help with oversize Yard Games at this Rose Festival event. Click to learn more.

Unable to volunteer with us during the week? Check our our Events Calendar for other opportunities, or contact our office.









Mac Attack VII Charity Disc Golf Tournament

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Come play with us at our 7th Annual Mac Attack Disc Golf Tournament in partnership with HD Supply Waterworks and Red Hills Disc Golf! This is a PDGA sanctioned C-tier event. All ages and skill levels are welcome to this friendly competition benefiting HOTC at MacIntyre Park Disc Golf Course. All players receive lunch, player pack with MA7 tournament disc, plus the chance to win cash and prizes. Want in? Click here for more information and to register.

mac pac 7 flyerWant to know more about disc golf? Try these resources:

Professional Disc Golf Association

Disc Golf in Thomasville

Red Hills Disc Golf

Want to volunteer to help at this tournament? Email us. Volunteers are needed to help with check-in, lunch, CTP judges, and more. Ages 16+ (or under with adult) welcome!

Want to sponsor this worthwhile cause? Click here. Hole sponsorships are just $100. All proceeds benefit HOTC volunteer and community service programs.

Want to help kids in need? We will be collecting small, individually packaged breakfast and lunch items for local summer backpack food programs for kids. You can drop them by our office at 120 E. Monroe Street prior to May 12, or bring to the tournament on May 13. We appreciate your generosity!

Who’s Your Hands On Hero?

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Hands On Heroes is an annual volunteer award program to recognize those special members of our community who donate their time, energy and skills to support local non-profits. These volunteer heroes help make this community a better place for everyone!  Nominations are accepted year-round and reviewed every March. WinnersHOH poster k TYPE are announced in April during HOTC Volunteer Week, and will receive awards and prizes, including a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship for the student winner.  See last year’s winners here.

To nominate a Hands On Hero, please fill out this short online application (below) by March 17 to be considered for the current year. You may also print or fill out a PDF application here.  View rules and more information here.

Make it easy for us to choose your nominee — tell us a compelling story that explains what makes this person or group so special. Be descriptive and heartfelt!

Hands On Heroes Application

All fields must be completed in order to be considered. Incomplete forms cannot be processed. If you are missing some information, please type NA or Do Not Know.

Nominations may be made by a non-profit or community agency, school, teacher, church, club/organization or other community leader.

Please select the nomination category:
 STUDENT - youth in grades 6-12 who reside or attend school in Thomas County INDIVIDUAL - persons 18+ who reside or work in Thomas County GROUP - businesses, governmental agencies, clubs, churches or other organizations in Thomas County

Name of Nominee

If you are nominating a youth volunteer, please provide their age, grade and school:

If you are nominating a group, please provide the name of the person who will be representing the group:

Nominee's (or representative's) Mailing Address

Nominee's (or representative's) Email

Nominee's (or representative's) Contact Phone

Does this person or group know they are being nominated?
 Yes No

Where does this nominee volunteer?

How long has this person or group been volunteering in this capacity?

What specific volunteer tasks does this person or group perform?

What makes this person or group special?

Please share any other information or stories about this person or group.

Nominator Information

Name of person nominating this volunteer?

What organization are you with?

Would you like your nomination to be anonymous?
 Yes, I/we would like to remain anonymous. No, you may use my/our organization name.

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Why volunteer?

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Hands On Thomas County is proud to help improve our community and empower our citizens through the simple act of volunteering. Anyone can make a difference – any age, any day, any time.

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Post-Storm Needs

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Many people in our community, and surrounding areas, were adversely affected by this weekend’s storms — Our hearts go out to you. We have partnered with the Thomas County Emergency Management Agency and All Hands Volunteers, which provides disaster relief assistance, to help. Here’s what you can do:

Georgia Tornado Flyer-need assistance

Click image for printable PDF.

(Updated 2/1/2017)

– Man the Volunteer Reception Center  – We are in need of volunteers for Saturday, February 4 from 8am – 12:30pm and/or 12:30pm – 5pm to help greet and register volunteers, and assist All Hands team as necessary. Please call our office at 229-226-5200 or email if you can help.

– Spontaneous Volunteers to help with clean up and debris removal. You will need to register to volunteer. For more information on volunteering to clean up, call 678-829-1211 to see what sites are available, or stop by the Thomas County EMS at 1202 Remington Avenue. Volunteers are welcome any day, especially Saturday!

We need people to donate or make dinners each evening for the All Hands and AmeriCorps Volunteers which are currently (and through 2/11) using Thomasville as their home base. All dinner slots have been filled at this time. Thank you!

Help us identify areas, homes, families and individuals in Thomas County and nearby areas who need help. If you, or anyone you know, needs FREE assistance with storm clean-up, please see the flyer (pictured left) or call 978-799-3947.


We will update as we have more information. Please be flexible; this is a spontaneous volunteer event – we are all trying to figure it out together!

Thank you for all you do.

Mardi Gras Masquerade 2017 Pictures

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Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us at Mardi Gras Masquerade 2017. It was a fabulous evening with fabulous people! Here are some pictures to prove it. For more pics on Facebook, click here.

Very Special thank you to Event Co-Chairs Lauren Radford & Heather Yates; Decor Chair Kim Cornish; Graphic Designer Meryl K. Walker; Photographers Thomasville Magazine, Core Performance, and PictureU; and all the sponsors and volunteers who helped make it happen.

Mardi Gras Masquerade

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Join us for an evening of New Orleans-style revelry with a mission. Celebrate 13 years of volunteers with HOTC at our annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Party & Fundraiser. All proceeds from this event benefit HOTC volunteer and community service programs. See pictures from last year’s event here.

invite-revWHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7pm

WHERE: We’re bringing this year’s party to downtown Thomasville at the historic Biscuit Company at 219 Oak Street. Parking is available along Washington and Jefferson Streets (please do not park along Oak in front of the venue).

WHAT: New Orleans-inspired cuisine and drinks included, live music and dancing compliments of the ever popular The Blues Factor Band, prize for best mask, cash and prize raffles, and other fun to be announced.

DRESS: Festive cocktail attire. A mask is a MUST! Extra incentive –  you might win a prize!

Tickets $75/pp; Sponsorships start at $300 (includes tickets, perks & recognition). Click here to print an RSVP card to mail with your check. Send to HOTC Mardi Gras, PO Box 252, Thomasville, GA  31799.

Or purchase online with a credit card through PayPal below. Please note there is a service fee added to online ticket/sponsorship purchases.



Choose Your Sponsor Level


Thank you to ALL of our sponsors and donors, and especially our Diamond Level & above Sponsors:  Mr. & Mrs. Clint Kadel, Mr. & Mrs. Philip C. Watt, Ashley Homestore, and The Gift Shop.