Who Is Your Hands On Hero? Shine A Light On Those Who Do Good!
Hands On Heroes is an annual award program to recognize those special members of our community who donate their time, energy and skills to support the people, places, and non-profits in Thomas County. These volunteer heroes help make our community a better place for everyone through the simple act of volunteer service.
Nominations are accepted year-round and reviewed every March. Winners are announced in April during HOTC Volunteer Week, April 17-24, and will receive awards and/or prizes, including:
a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship for the Student Winner
four Disney Park Hopper Passes for the Individual Winner.
This year, all nominees will also receive their very own SUPER hero cape compliments of Everfan, as well as other goodies and perks during Volunteer Week.
Nominees are not just judged on number of hours, or years, served as a volunteer, but also on impact, passion, commitment, and inspiration. Nominees do not need to be associated with or volunteer through HOTC to be recognized. 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! See last year’s winners here.
Thank you to all of our donors, especially Diamond Level (and above) Sponsors Ashley HomeStore, New Hire Solutions, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Chubb, Mr. & Mrs. Howell L. Ferguson, Ms. Diane W. Parker, and Dr. & Mrs. Philip C. Watt for making volunteer events and programs like these possible.
Normally this time of year, we would be planning to honor local volunteers – we call them Hands On Heroes – and HOTC supporters, in person, at Cheers For Volunteers presented by Ashley HomeStore, in partnership with the City of Thomasville and Everfan. Now in its 7th year, Cheers is a big celebration gathering hundreds of community members to enjoy free food and beverages, entertainment, and lots of fun and goodwill! Unfortunately, with large gatherings cancelled due to COVID-19, this year’s party was put on hold. However, our community spirit and appreciation of all the wonderful people who give back through volunteer service can never be denied.
Hands On Heroes is an annual program to recognize outstanding volunteer efforts in our community. More than 75 nominations were submitted by non-profit agencies and community leaders in student, individual, and group categories. Award Winners, as well as Honorable Mentions, were carefully considered and selected by a committee based, not just on the number of volunteer hours served, but also for their inspiration, commitment, impact, leadership, and passion.
All of our 2020 Hands On Heroes Winners have two things in common. They all have volunteered on HOTC event days, and they all have a focus around youth – elementary school kids just learning what it means to give back, a high school senior inspiring a legacy of learning and giving before he makes his way in the world, and an adult who takes what he learned as a kid to help create new future leaders. On behalf of our 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.
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2020 Hands On Heroes Award Winners
INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY– volunteers 18+ who serve independently in Thomas County
Hands On Heroes Award Winner– Mr. Christopher Henderson Our hope is that the positive actions and traits we learn in our youth, we carry forward into our adult lives. Chris grew up with the positive ideals he learned as a long-time member of the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Club which works to build self-esteem, values, and skills in youth – our future leaders. Chris now leads by example, lending his time as a club greeter, tutor, basketball coach, desk clerk – basically, wherever there is a need at the Club, Chris is willing to fill the spot. He also volunteers every Saturday mentoring young men for Omega Psi Phi fraternity, coaching at the YMCA, assisting at Thomasville Community Resource Center, and The Talent Hunt which supports youth in the arts. Chris Henderson is the embodiment of paying-it-forward: Taking what he learned in his youth to motivate and inspire the next generations of hands on heroes. As our 2020 Award Winner, Chris received an award, superhero cape, and 4 Disney Park Hopper Passes.
Congratulations also to these Individual Nominees: Ann Larson, Jessica Rivera, Tracy Zolt, Todd Bennett, Rebecca Ramsey, Emily Eckels, Jackie Spadoni, Larry Plank, Mary Beth Donalson, Jay Flowers, Mark Harmon, Jodi Merritt, Allen Thornhill, Kay Davis, Liz Williams, Patricia Kinnee, Shelba Sellers, Ashley Henderson, Jacqueline Lamons, Cynthia Anderson, Janice Hill, Verna Rauls, Julie Nixon-Berry, Akoshua Williams, Orangie James-McCraw, Sue Davis, Telvis Crimley, Sandra Crimley-Bell, Andrew Wells, Helen Cody, Cheryl Walters, Vivian Washington, Valerie West, Jandell Griffin, Laverne Bell, Pamela Jenkins, Emma Holton, Constance James, Teresa James, Keyla Sigala, Jefferey Sigala, Sarah Glass, Janice Rauls
STUDENT CATEGORY– youth in grades 6-12 in Thomas County
Hands On Heroes Student Award Winner– Mr. Winston Cornish Sometimes a volunteer makes the biggest impact, not through the number of hours or years served, but through their passion and inspiration to others. Winston, a senior at Scholars Academy, is a talented artist who has volunteered throughout high school for the Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thom Magazine, and the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, and a junior entomologist. Yes, he studies bugs. He has combined these passions to create exquisite art and envied insect collections that were recently showcased in the Thomasville Center for the Arts public art event – Bug Out. Then for 9 months, through coLab – a collaborative learning experience with sixty 3rd graders from Brookwood and Harper Elementary School – he shared his passion and artistic skills to educate kids about insects, their essential role in our ecosystem, and their often underappreciated beauty. Through his big love for little creatures, Winston may have inspired a future biologist or researcher. As the Dalai Lama said, if you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. As our 2020 Award Winner, Winston received an award, 6-month YMCA membership, and a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship.
Student Category Honorable Mention – Edjenee Corbin, Camryn Williams, Peyton Owens, Maylon Cochran, Tahj Brown, Mauri Leroux, Maston Whigham, Hayden Johnson, Joseph Kimler, Melia Saunders, Kate Griffith
GROUP CATEGORY– businesses, organizations and civic clubs in Thomas County
Hands On Heroes Group Award Winner– Cross Creek Elementary K-Kids led by Ms. Leslie Aracri & Ms. Lanie West Kiwanis K-Kids clubs teaches leadership through volunteer activities within the school and community, and creates a heart for service that will grow with them into their adult lives. Throughout the year, K-Kids learn how to give back through hands-on service – such as making cards for soldiers, serving at the annual pancake supper, and heading recycling efforts within their school; through philanthropy – they collected $1000 for the Humane Society, and enough in donations to provide tetanus shots to 232 expectant mothers; and through awareness-building – encouraging their peers to sign the Youth Environmental Stewardship Pledge and get involved in school and community matters. We look forward to seeing what these kids do as they take these seeds planted now and grow. As a 2020 Winner, K-Kids received an award and superhero cape.
Group Category Honorable Mention – Dodge Boyz 229, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated Theta Chi Zeta Chapter
Congratulations to these Group Nominees: ServPro of Thomas Colquitt & Grady Counties, Thomasville High School Football, Thomasville High School JROTC, Thomasville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., TJ Maxx, St. Luke CME Missionary & Youth Ministries, Retired Nurses & Teachers of Thomas County
BIG CHEERS to everyone who volunteers tirelessly and selflessly every day!
Special thank you to all of our sponsors and grantors who make free, community-minded events like these possible, especially Diamond Level and above sponsors Ashley Homestore, Hurst Boiler, and Ms. Diane W. Parker; as well as the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation for making volunteer programs like these possible. We look forward to being able to celebrate with all of you in person soon!
April is National Volunteer Month. Join us as we celebrate Thomas County’s very own Volunteer Week, April 18-25…with, like many things nowadays, a social-distance twist! We’ll honor our 2020 Hands On Heroes, promote select in-home and virtual volunteer opportunities, and do fun daily giveaways (read more below). Things are a little different right now, but our volunteer spirit never wavers. We hope you’ll be a part of our activities!
Although we are disappointed we can’t gather together in person to celebrate at Cheers For Volunteers, we are still excited to announce this year’s Hands On Heroes Award Winners who were selected for their outstanding volunteer service in our community:
♦ Individual– Mr. Chris Henderson ♦ Student– Mr. Winston Cornish ♦ Group– K-Kids of Cross Creek Elementary
There are many kinds of heroes in our community, and during difficult times we see many in action. Let us know your favorite every day hero on our Facebook page during Volunteer Week. Five lucky heroes will receive $10 in Downtown Dollars! Be on the lookout for Facebook posts starting Sunday, April 19 where you can nominate someone who is making a difference right now.
Normally this time of year, local businesses are honoring our volunteers by offering freebies and discounts. During this unusual time, we are asking our volunteers to return the love instead. Show your appreciation for all the local businesses who continually support HOTC by supporting them with online and curbside-pickup. To see what many local businesses are doing and offering, click here.
Volunteer Opportunities At Home, Virtually, and More!
There are currently no known risks for healthy people donating blood during this time. This will be by appointment only to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed. Make an appointment with Oneblood here.
Send encouragement to our local healthcare workers. Let them know how much they are appreciated by sending drawings, notes or encouraging words. Send electronically here.
Brighten a seniors’ day by sending cards with encouraging messages, and drawings. This is a great way to show our seniors – many of whom are self-quarantined – that we care. Send electronically here.
Foster A Shelter Pet
Foster a shelter pet for a couple hours or a couple days. This is a great way to help get them ready for a “fur”ever home, and you’ll have great company while sheltering from home. Call our local Humane Society at (229) 228.1613
There is a great need of individuals who can sew masks or cut patterns.
To help local Essential Businesses – sign up here. If you are an essential business which needs masks, click here.
April was National Volunteer Month and we had the best time during Thomas County’s very own Volunteer Week, April 20-27. This event, always the week before Rose Show & Festival, is a celebration of service and all the volunteers who help make good things happen in our community. We had select volunteer opportunities (with over 428 participants!), 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!See our recaps and pictures below.
On Saturday, April 20, we officially kicked off Volunteer Week by planting more than 20 beautiful rose bushes donated by Flowerwood Nursery at the Rose Garden with the help from several volunteers, HOTC Board members and the City of Thomasville Public Works Department.
On Monday, April 22, we dressed in our finest Everfan superhero gear to personally honor and cape over 200 local superheroes nominated for their service and commitment to our community. Each individual received a superhero cape, an appreciation card with discounts to local businesses, and an invitation to Cheer For Volunteers (an event so amazing, it warranted its own post which you can view here).
Also during the week, volunteers lent a hand at the Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen (prepping and handing out meals to our local neighbors), Second Harvest(sorting and packing food boxes),Keep Thomas County Beautiful(picking up litter), Rose Show Parade (serving meals to band members after the parade), and Art in the Park (helping with arts & crafts). We also held our annual toiletry drive which collected a bin full of travel sized toiletry items that will be sorted and packed as comfort kits for local human service agencies.
On Friday, April 26, we started the day by meeting the beautiful Miss Georgia and ended it riding on the Everfan float in the Rose Parade with over 50 of our Hands On Heroes! On Saturday April 27, The Walk Youth Group wrapped up the week by hosting our Manna Drop (a free food distribution) at Scott Senior Center, serving over 361 individuals in need. WOW, what a week!
It was a super night on Tuesday, April 23 as over 364 community members came together to honor local volunteers during the 6th Annual Hands On Thomas County’s Cheers for Volunteers Reception & Awards at The Ritz Amphitheater.
Hands On Heroes is an annual program to recognize outstanding volunteer efforts in our community. More than 70 nominations were submitted by non-profit agencies and community leaders in student, individual and group categories. Award Winners, as well as Honorable Mentions, were carefully considered and selected by a committee based, not just on the number of volunteer hours served, but also for their inspiration, commitment, impact, passion, and leadership.
This year, ALL of our nominees received their very own superhero cape compliments ofEverfan. Selected winners also received handcrafted Hands On Heroes awards, and the student winner received a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship. On behalf of our 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. Take a look at the winners and photos of the evening below.
INDIVIDUAL (volunteers 18+ who serve independently in Thomas County) Honorable Mention – Stephanie White, Jackie Spadoni, Charlie Robbins
Hands On Heroes Award Winner– Mr. Artie Newcombe Artie is relatively new to our community, but has made an immediate impact. He volunteers at Habitat For Humanity (where he is now a valued Board Member), Thomasville Landmarks, Keep Thomas County Beautiful (also now a Board Member), assists with Spark, which mentors entrepreneurs, and the list continues to grow. There has not been one volunteer opportunity that Artie has passed on, that has been asked of him. His commitment to jumping in and helping others, and his kindness and generosity truly set him apart. Everyone who has had the privilege to meet and volunteer alongside him will agree that Artie is incredibly deserving of this honor. And we are all so pleased that he has made Thomas County his home. As the individual winner, Artie received 4 Disney Park Hopper Passes!
Hands On Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Sister Erlean Douglas In contrast to the individual winner, Sister Erlean is a long-time resident and volunteer in this community. Some of you may already know her selfless service through Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen which she has operated in this community for more than 30 years. Every weekday, she coordinates volunteers who make hot meals for local neighbors in need, helping to fight the issue of hunger that exists for too many. She regularly serves hundreds of hot meals daily, providing individuals with both lunch and a dinner for later. Food insecurity is unfortunately a problem right here, but one that she is not afraid to confront and help rectify with no judgement. Along with an award, Sister Douglas received a $250 check for the Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen to help purchase food items. If we all do what we can daily, as modeled by Sister Erlean, we make ourselves and our community a better place.
STUDENT (youth in grades 6-12 in Thomas County) Honorable Mention – Caleb Moore, Jason Guo, Blaine West, Nathaniel Bellamy, Nathan Landing, Melia Saunders
Hands On Heroes Student Award Winner– Ms. Langley Wooten There are many things that resulted in Langley being selected as our student award winner. Her list of accomplishments, activities, and awards took 2 single spaced pages and she received 2 separate nominations. She was inducted into the Thomasville-Thomas County Athletic Hall of Fame. She is an all A honor student – As a matter of fact, she is a 16 year old senior who will be graduating a year ahead of schedule. In between all that, she has averaged 50+ hours of community service each year volunteering with HOTC, Backpack Buddies, voter elections, DogTags for veterans, and through Chick fil A Leadership and FCA. And in true service before self form, she has been accepted to the US Naval Academy. Langley is an all-around achiever, and a true servant leader. We can’t wait to see what her future holds! As the student winner, Langley received an award, a 6-month YMCA membership and the $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leadership Scholarship.
GROUP (businesses, organizations and civic clubs in Thomas County) Honorable Mention – TCCHS FCA, THS National Honor Society, SALT Group, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jerger Library Volunteers
Hands On Heroes Group Award Winner– Red Hills Pet Therapy Red Hills Pet Therapy is a group of both 2-legged and 4-legged volunteers who provide countless hours of service bringing comfort to patients at local medical facilities and hospice, offering companionship to residents of senior living facilities, acting as stress buffers and teaching aids to students, providing relief for children with speech and emotional disorders, and of course giving lots of unconditional furry love to all they encounter. These animals and handler teams have passed a 13 item evaluation and training prior to even going out into the community to volunteer. We are awed by their commitment, bond, and the joy they bring to so many lives. If you have an animal that you think would make a good therapy pet or just want to learn more about this outstanding group, click here.
Other nominees included:Christopher Seay, Amy Rockwell, Leigh Ann Raynor, Kha McDonald, Mary & Robert Anderson, Megan Lauer, Anne Avera, Carolyn Treadon, Brenda Griffin, Jeremiah Hobbs, Leslie Parker, Dale Ragan, Walt Grey, Pris Craw, Dan Gaultney, Susan Fowler, Peggie Wood, Stephanie Coffee, Allen Thornhill, Tracy Zolt, Don Sims, Shaletta Pierce, Shekirah Hines, Casey Dyksterhouse, Jodi Merritt, Rebecca Ramsey, Ponder Cook, Gigi Roger, Kiel Angry, Starkisha Belle, James West, CB Scooter Grubbs, Eric Ward, Leonard Gibson, Pamela Jenkins, Yolanda Nixon, Laura Mican, Doris Davies, Nancy Inman, Alfred Carver, Donna Taylor, Aaron Reneau, Thomasville Crossfit, TJ Maxx, Kiwanis Club of Thomasville, TU Womens Softball, Thrive Physical Therapy, City of Thomasville Public Works, TU Studio Art, Thomas Grady Service Center, and Thomas University
April is National Volunteer Month. Join us for Thomas County’s very own Volunteer Week, April 20-27. 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!
While you’re working up a hunger volunteering, be sure to stop by Jersey Mike’s, April 22-26 and take advantage of one of these great coupons (just click image to print or save flyer). Every time you redeem a coupon, $3 will be donated to HOTC!
April is National Volunteer Month! To celebrate service and all the volunteers who help make good things happen in our community, we will have Thomas County’s very own Volunteer Week — April 21-28! This annual event is always the week of the Rose Show & Festival and we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s theme – Helping Hands: A Celebration of Community Volunteers.
On Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30p, we will do just that at our 5th annual Cheers for Volunteersaward reception taking place at the Downtown Amphitheater. At this event, we will celebrate our Hands On Heroes, who are nominated by their peers for going above and beyond and making a difference in their community, with good food, lawn games, entertainment and awards!
Also during Volunteer Week, we’ll have select volunteer opportunities (of course!), volunteer ‘shout-outs’, and Appreciation Stations at select businesses around town. THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers for making this such a great community! See what we’re planning below and make sure to check back for updates.
Saturday, April 21 · 9a-12p Manna Drop Volunteer Opportunity! Feeding the hungry in our own back yard.Click here to volunteer.
Saturday, April 21 · 9a-12p (Other days & times also available) Second Harvest Volunteer Opportunity! Volunteers wanted to sort and pack food for local families in need. This is a great volunteer opportunity for students. Lend a hand.
Saturday, April 21 Due South Volunteer Opportunity! Art, food and music benefiting the Thomasville Center for the Arts. Sign up here to volunteer.
Monday, April 23, 9am – 4pm Thomasville Landmarks Appreciation Station! Stop by our non-profit partner, Thomasville Landmarks on 312 N. Broad Street, to pick up a free, limited edition Bob Dixon print: Historic Homes of Thomas County (matte and frame not included). While supplies last!
All appreciation stations are open to all volunteers – past, present & future!
Mon-Fri, April 23-27 Care Package Collection Drive Volunteer Opportunity! Give back! Local agencies are in need of travel size toiletries to make care packages for families displaced from their homes. Learn more.
Mon-Fri, April 23-27 Grassroots Coffee Appreciation Station! Stop by Grassroots at 118 S. Broad St. anytime this week, identify yourself as a HOTC Volunteer and receive a free cup of java on the house!\
Mon-Fri, April 23-27 HOTC 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.
Mon-Fri, April 23-27 Yoburst Frozen Yogurt & Deli Appreciation Station! Stop by Yoburst located at 2963 E. Pinetree Blvd. any time this week, identify yourself as a HOTC volunteer and receive 15% off your purchase.
Tuesday, April 24 · 5:30p 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. See more.
Mon-Fri, April 23-27 Keep Thomas County Beautiful Volunteer Opportunity! Help keep our community clean and pretty by picking up litter as past of the Great American Cleanup! This flexible volunteer opportunity is great for students and families with busy schedules. Details here.
Tu & Th, April 24&26 · 3p-5p Humane Society Volunteer Opportunity! Help our furry friends at the Humane Society! Animal socialization, cleaning & maintenance, bathing & grooming animals – these are just some of the ways you can lend a hand. Sign up to volunteer on Tuesday or Thursday.
Friday, April 27 · 6p-9p Rose Show Parade Volunteer Opportunity! Adult volunteers needed to help with the Post-Parade Meal for parade participants. Find more details here.
Volunteers are our community’s heroes!
Saturday, April 28 Bark in the Park Volunteer Opportunity! Lend a hand at this fun event benefiting the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society. Click here to volunteer.
Saturday, April 28 Art In The Park Volunteer Opportunity! Volunteers will help at this Rose Festival event. Sign up to lend a hand.
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!
Hands 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)
Hands 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
Hands 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.
GroupCategory(businesses, organizations and civic clubs in Thomas County)
Honorable Mention – Longhorn Steakhouse, Thomas County Central High School Student Ambassadors
Hands 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.
Hands 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!
Thanks to everyone who attended HOTC’s 2nd Annual Cheers for Volunteers in honor of this year’s Hands On Heroes, and all the volunteers who lend a hand in our community (see picture gallery below). With more than 25 nominations, our committee selected the following to be recognized:
Individual (volunteers 18+ who serve independently in Thomas County) Honorable Mention – Ms. Nancy Byars, Ms. Mindy Katz, Mr. Michael Thomas Hands On Heroes Award Winner – Ms. Beverly Klocko Chances are, if you attend a community event, Ms. Klocko is on hand as a volunteer, especially if there is a costume involved! She has volunteered for Rainbow Reading Center, Hand In Hand, Downtown Thomasville, and is a Volunteer Ambassador for HOTC. If there is a need, all you have to do is ask, and you can be she will be there to lend a hand (even if her foot is in a cast!). We are thankful for her service.
Student (youth in grades 6-9 in Thomas County) Honorable Mention – Mr. Jacob Bruhn, Ms. Maria Dunbar, Ms. Isabella Grayson Hands On Heroes Award Winner – Mr. Tommy Williams Tommy is a 10th grader at Thomasville High School who comes to us through the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Club where he is both a member and an active volunteer, giving back to the very organization that has given so much to him. At the BGC, he tutors and mentors other youth, coaches youth basketball, cleans The Teen Center, and unloads the Second Harvest food truck. He is a wonderful role model for all. As the student winner, Tommy was the recipient of a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship.
Group (businesses, organizations and civic clubs in Thomas County) Honorable Mention – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority/Thomasville Chapter, Stony Creek Landscaping, Student Athletes of Thomas University Hands On Hero Award Winner – Virtuous Girls Group of Meigs The Virtuous Girls Group exhibits the true spirit of service to ones own community. Comprised of girls ages 4 to high school, led by adult mentors, the Virtuous Girls seek to address needs in their hometown by partnering with area non-profits, and by creating their own grassroots projects and events to make their community better for everyone. Volunteer projects have included Sewing 4 Service Manna Drops, an annual literacy fair, collection drives, neighborhood clean ups and more.
For more information on Hands On Heroes, or to submit a nomination for 2016 (nominations accepted year-round), click here.
Thank you to Board Member Mary Lawrence Lang for photos, Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship Fund, Jay Flowers for the awesome custom awards, Everfan for the super hero capes, Reunion Resorts for the weekend getaway presented to the Individual winner; Diamond Level Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. Clint Kadel, Mrs. Diane W. Parker, and Dr. & Mrs. Philip C. Watt; and everyone who lends a hand every day!
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!
Cheers for Volunteer Reception & Awards Pictures (click an image to enlarge)