April was National Volunteer Month and we celebrated to the fullest during Thomas County’s very own Volunteer Week April 16-23, presented by Check Mate Industries! Over 840 individuals joined us throughout the week at select volunteer opportunities and as we recognized the many Hands On Heroes at Cheers For Volunteers! Take a look at the highlights and pictures below.
Volunteer Week is a celebration of volunteer service and the many people who make good things happen in our community! We were excited to start the week doing just that by planting roses at the City of Thomasville Pocket Park located at the corner of Smith and Hansell Street! Fifteen individuals came together on Saturday, April 16 to plant roses, graciously given to us by Flowerwood Nursery, in honor of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors. This project brightened & beautified this little spot in town so be sure to drive by and check them out!
This same day, volunteers headed to the Pavo Peacock Center in Pavo to join forces with the Pavo Manna Group to fight hunger! A little over a dozen volunteers sorted, bagged, and distributed more than 500 bags of food which included an assortment of breads, beans, frozen meats, and canned goods to over 204 individuals! We are so proud of the Pavo Manna Group and HOTC volunteers for working so hard, all while dodging the rain!
On Tuesday, April 19, we celebrated our Hands On Heroes (aka volunteer heroes) at our 9th annual Cheers For Volunteers awards and reception at the Ritz Amphitheater. A good time was had by all – so much we had to write another post, which you can read here.
Throughout the week, volunteers participated in rose-themed projects in honor of the City of Thomasville’s 101st Rose Show & Festival such as Rocks and Roses which saw over 30 volunteers who painted and hid rose show related rocks around places like the Big Oak, Paradise Park, The Ritz Amphitheater, Cherokee Lake, and along Downtown. It was neat seeing the rocks made, especially the ones found on the Thomasville Rocks FB page. School groups and individuals also made flower bouquets filled with paper roses and rose boutineers which were given to local residents at The Residence of Oak Grove and Scott Senior Center. The seniors were so happy to receive the beautiful handmade flowers. Take a look at the pics below!
Also throughout the week, volunteers beautified their community by picking up litter and lending a hand at our local food bank Second Harvest. Volunteers also served at the Cherokee Lake Pollinator Garden by pulling invasive weeds as well as helping around the barn at Hands & Hearts For Horses.
We ended the week with some fun at the 101st annual Rose Show Parade themed “Where Roses Reign, New Traditions Bloom“. It was fun having a few of our Hands On Heroes on board as they put on their best parade wave down Broad Street.
All in all, it was a great Volunteer Week and we are proud of our community’s response to this event! We honestly can’t say it enough – THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, sponsors, and donors who make this such a great community to be a part of. We couldn’t do it without you!
Special thanks to these Diamond Level & above Sponsors: 1915 South/Ashley, Belazul, Check-Mate Industries, Flowers Foods, Mr. & Mrs Clint Kadel, and Dr. & Mrs. Philip Watt for making volunteer programs and events like these possible.