A big hands-on thank you to our HOTC Day 2020 Presenting Sponsor
THIS JUST IN! HOTC DAY BY THE NUMBERS...
776 volunteers ~ 3104 hours ~ 32 agencies ~ 46 project sites ~ ~ 5903 individuals served Thank you Thomas County!
Not even a pandemic can keep this community from taking action when needed. Thank you!
Even though we didn’t expect a huge turnout, HOTC Day 2020, on Saturday, October 17, definitely had a huge impact on our community and its citizens, mentally and physically. It felt so good to serve alongside (virtually and actually) 700+ of our friends and neighbors! And look at some of the good things we accomplished together:
A Manna Drop (free food distribution) was held in all 7 cities in Thomas County: Boston, Coolidge, Metcalfe, Meigs, Ochlocknee, Pavo, and Thomasville. More than 750 local families received boxes of food that morning.
Community Beautification efforts from spreading pine straw for Vashti to installing Christmas lights for the City of Thomasville to picking up litter at the Ochlocknee River and in neighborhoods throughout Thomas County.
Several non-profits received facility maintenance from creating a new exercise room at the YMCA to washing buses at the MNW Boys & Girls Club to removing decrepit playground equipment at the Salvation Army to cleaning out storage at Never Lost and First Option Care.
Lawn Brigade hit the stree…er…yards of families in Thomasville with mowers, rakes, and hedge clippers.
DIY and Grab & Go volunteers made comfort items for local patients, dog and cat toys for local shelters, Smile Cards for seniors, holiday cards for soldiers, and positivity rocks which are now hidden throughout the community (be on the lookout!).
Virtual volunteers learned how to recognize and respond to suspected child abuse with The Treehouse, as well as human trafficking with Break The Chain.
With 46 Independent and Traditional project sites, there was a way for everyone to participate safely and comfortably. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, and to all of the sponsors and donors who make community-minded events like these possible.
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Share the magic! For just a $10 donation to HOTC, you could win four Disney Park Hopper passes. Each pass is good through February 2022, and offers admission for one person at one or more parks on the same day: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here. Hurry! Raffle closes Saturday, October 17 at 3pm.
You may also text to win: hotcday2020 to 855-202-2100. Charges may apply.
Purchase one entry or one hundred – all proceeds benefit HOTC volunteer programs and events.
Our 17th Annual HOTC Day will be Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9am to noon. One Day. One Community. One Mission – Do Good! Big thanks to Presenting Sponsor Ashley HomeStore!
HOTC Day 2020 will look a bit different in some ways, but the goal remains the same: Unite our friends, neighbors, and colleagues through the simple act of volunteer service. This year, we are getting creative to keep this traditional service day accessible and viable despite current health concerns and safety guidelines.
Although it is difficult for many of us to be together in person, this day is one way to bring us together on other levels. We believe that volunteering provides a positive outlet benefiting the physical, mental, and spiritual welfare of both the giver and the receiver. Now, more than ever, the well-being of our community and its members is of the utmost importance. Imagine the joy and positivity we will create as we all work together at the same time for the common cause of doing good. Join us!
This year, to adhere to current safety guidelines, we are going “low contact, high impact” with projects which allow you to “do-it-yourself” (Independent Volunteer Opportunities) where (home, park, neighborhood), how, and with whom you are most comfortable; as well as a limited number of traditional project sites which allow for outside physical-distancing in small groups. You choose your volunteer experience!
As always, volunteers will receive a free HOTC t-shirt and Grab & Go (drive-thru) Lunch. And don’t forget to enter our Disney Raffle. Just $10 wins your chance to win FOUR DISNEY PARK HOPPER PASSES GOOD THROUGH FEBRUARY 2022. Thanks for being a community of volunteers!
Choose Your Volunteer Experience:
Independent Opportunities Do-It-Yourself and Online Options
From training seminars to Crafts For A Cause, these projects are perfect for individuals and families, or those who are not comfortable volunteering in groups or at a site.
Please note, although we will try, we are not always able to place you at a specific site you may request. Placements are based on the needs and requirements of our partners, and as available. Thank you for your understanding.
With Tropical Storm Nestor threatening our area this past October 19, the difficult decision was made to cancel HOTC Day 2019 for the first time in 16 years (that’s a pretty good run!) for the safety of our volunteers and partner agencies. Although wind and rain kept us from coming together for this annual day of service, it could never keep us from our mission of doing good in the community. See pictures below!
70 project sites and 1300+ volunteers were originally scheduled for HOTC Day on October 19. We are proud to report that over 41 project sites were rescheduled with more than 528 volunteers participating through November 23 (these numbers don’t include the additional 322 volunteers who came out on Family Volunteer Day on November 9). See pictures below!
Project highlights include:
Creating a teachers lounge at MacIntyre Park Middle School
Updating the teachers kitchen and bathroom, and the parent/teacher conference room at Scholars Academy
Installing Christmas lights on the new trees in The Bottom
Cleaning wildlife enclosures at Nepenthic/Androcles Society
Packing food boxes for Second Harvest of South Georgia
Sewing comfort items for local human service and medical agencies.
See pictures below!
Thank you to everyone who registered for the original HOTC Day, as well as ALL of our donors and sponsors, especially Presenting Sponsor Ashley Homestore. And an even bigger thank you to everyone who took the time to volunteer afterward. We are so very proud of the giving nature of our community!
Also, congratulations to the winner of the 4 Disney Park Hopper passes, Tara Hill! Tara logged 3887 volunteer steps on her Live Better pedometer as part of our Healthy Living Initiatives. So far, more than 168,272 volunteer steps have been logged. Learn more here.
As weather forecasts are predicting tropical force winds and rain for our area, we have decided that the safest action we can take to ensure our volunteers’ safety is to postpone our Hands On Thomas County Day projects scheduled for this Saturday, October 19.
Our wish is to reschedule these projects on different dates in the near future, with group volunteer leaders working individually with the agency leaders to determine the best window of opportunity.
We’re sad we won’t be together on a day we really look forward to all year, but we’d rather know that all our volunteers are safe and that we’ll still have the opportunity to meet our commitments on another day.
If you were scheduled to volunteer on HOTC Day:
1) Reach out to your volunteer group team leader for further instructions.
2) Tshirts will be picked up and distributed by your group volunteer team leader.
3) If you signed up as an individual/family volunteer, please visit us at our office next week to pick up your tshirt(s).
Our 16th Annual HOTC Day will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to noon. Individuals, families, organizations, clubs, churches, schools and businesses are invited to participate in this volunteer-a-thon at various project sites throughout Thomas County. All registered volunteers receive a free tshirt, lunch, pedometer (compliments of Live Better), and the satisfaction of doing good things that improve our community. Big thanks to Presenting Sponsor Ashley HomeStore!
Last year’s HOTC Day saw more than 1400 volunteers at 66 different project sites donating more than 5000 hours of time to non-profits in need. Help us make this HOTC Day even bigger and better for our community. To see pictures from last year’s HOTC Day, click here; you’ll also find more pics on Facebook.
To Sign Up For HOTC Day 2019:
Online registration is closed. would like to volunteer, please contact us at 393-4704 or email to see if sites are still available.
Once we receive your completed individual or group Volunteer Profile Form, we will place you at an appropriate project site as they become available. Please note, although we will try, we are not always able to place you at a specific site you may request. Placements are based on the needs and requirements of our partner non-profits.
REMINDER! Youth under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult volunteer. Some sites may not be appropriate or safe for children under 12. We appreciate your understanding. Please take advantage of the FREE childcare compliments of the YMCA. You must register in advance for this service.
Looking For More Ways To Participate?
Volunteer to give blood. Even if you can’t volunteer the morning of HOTC Day, you can sign up in advance to give blood any time between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cherokee Lake.
Despite the stress, fatigue, mandatory clean-ups, and damage (thankfully, for the most part, minimal in our community) of a major hurricane plowing through 10 days earlier, our non-profit partners and volunteers rallied and united for the 15th Annual HOTC Day on October 20, 2018.
1350+ volunteers showed up and showed out at 65 different project sites benefiting 41 different non-profit and community agencies throughout Thomas County, not just on that one Saturday, but also during the week leading up to it, making it officially our first HOTC Day WEEK. We are always proud of our community, but even more so during this difficult time when people basically said, “We’re good. Life is good. Let’s get out and do the good things we’re supposed to…because we are fortunate enough to be able to do so.” We are truly one community with one mission – do good!
Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in this amazing day of service – volunteers, non-profit partners, donors,and sponsors – especially our Presenting Sponsor Ashley HomeStore! We couldn’t have asked for a better 15th anniversary present.
What a difference a day can make! On HOTC Day 2017, we are proud to report that a record 1551 volunteers selflessly devoted their Saturday morning to various local efforts including feeding the hungry with Second Harvest, picking up litter with KTCB, beautifying public and historic spaces with the City of Thomasville and Thomasville Landmarks, brightening someone’s day through crafts and conversation at Sunrise Group Homes, and simply lending a hand where there was a need. (You’ll find lots and lots of pictures below, and more still to come.)
“Looking around town and seeing all the improvements gives a great sense of community…” – HOTC Day Volunteer
“Our assigned volunteer team leader helped organize this entire event to the one hundredth degree. We were able to complete all of our prospective projects. Overall it was better and more positive than I could have imagined!” – HOTC Day Agency Leader
Did your non-profit participate as a project site for HOTC Day? Let us know about your experience. Take this short survey.
Although the participation of both non-profits and volunteers is impressive for a community of any size, this day is about more than just numbers. It is bigger than just one person, one non-profit, one cause, one volunteer, a free t-shirt or lunch (both of which were provided to volunteers as as a thank you). This day is about coming together as neighbors and friends to do good as a community. Well done Thomas County!
“My students worked hard and seemed to enjoy the time together. I told them that this work helps to give them ownership in their city. They could feel good about walking down the city streets; knowing that they had a part in keeping it clean and beautiful.” – HOTC Day Volunteer Team Leader
You will find lots and lots of pictures from HOTC Day below (we will keep posting pics as we receive them), as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
A very special thank you to our HOTC Day Presenting Sponsor Ashley HomeStore, as well as all of our sponsors, donors, non-profit partners, and volunteers who make this day happen. You make our community great!
Photography compliments of Hillary Gaultney, Jesica Patton Photography, and Jay Flowers. Images are available for download for personal use only, please. Hands On Thomas County Copyright 2017.
Our 14th Annual HOTC Day will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9am to noon. Individuals, families, organizations, clubs, churches, schools and businesses are invited to participate in this volunteer-a-thon at various project sites throughout Thomas County.
Last year’s HOTC Day saw more than 1400 volunteers at 70 different project sites donating more than 5000 hours of time to non-profits in need. Help us make this HOTC Day even bigger and better for our community. To see pictures from last year’s HOTC Day, click here; you’ll also find more pics on Facebook.
To sign up for HOTC Day 2017:
• If you are a non-profit or community agency that would like to submit a project site for consideration…We are no longer accepting project sites at this time. Please call our office to see how we might be able to help another time.
• If you are a group, organization or business that would like to volunteer…We are no longer accepting online sign-up for volunteers at this time, please call our office tosee if space is still available.
• If you are an individual or family that would like to volunteer…We are no longer accepting online sign-up for volunteers at this time, please call our office to see if space is still available.
Once we receive your completed Volunteer Profile Form, we will place you at an appropriate project site as they become available. Please note, although we will try, we are not always able to place you at a specific site you may request. Placements are based on the needs and requirements of our partner non-profits. Youth under age 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult volunteer. Also, some sites may not be appropriate or safe for children under 12. Please take advantage of the FREE YMCA childcare. You may sign up online here.
• Individual adults, and groups of adults of 6 or less, may also sign up directly for these select volunteer opportunities online. (STAY TUNED FOR MORE ONLINE OPTIONS TO COME!) Please note, not all sites will be open for online registration. They will be posted as available. You do not need to send in a volunteer profile form if you register for an online project.)
1Volunteer to give blood. Even if you can’t volunteer the morning of HOTC Day, you can sign up to give blood any time between 10 am – 2 pm. If you are volunteering at a project site, you can give blood afterwards at Garrison Pilcher Elementary. Click here to sign up in advance. [/one_third] [one_third]
2Crafts For A Cause – Do you have a sewing machine? If so, bring it! If not, cutters, stuffers, and packers also needed. Volunteer to make comfort pillows, drainage bags and other items for cancer patients. THIS SITE IS FULL! [/one_third][one_third_last]
Other Ways To Help:
• If you are a Business or Organization that would like to be an HOTC Day Sponsor,click here. Deadline to be included on tshirts is 9/30.
•Give to the Tool Drive – it takes the right tools and supplies for volunteers to get the job done. Make an in-kind donation to help the cause. Click here to view our Wish List.
•Need Pine Straw? – contact Golden Pine Straw at (229) 221-5113. In return, a donation will be made to HOTC!
REMINDER – Youth Volunteers Under Age 12: Not all project sites are safe or appropriate for kids. If you need childcare for an infant, toddler, young or unaccompanied child, please click here to register for free childcare on HOTC Day, compliments of the YMCA. Children 12 and under who are able, will work on age-appropriate volunteer projects at the YMCA under adult supervision. You must register in advance for this service. All youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all project sites.
Thank you for being part of a community that volunteers!
It was a beautiful day in everyone’s neighborhood during the 13th Annual HOTC Day held on October 22. 1400 volunteers offered up their morning to 60+ different project sites across Thomas County. Although the participation of both non-profits and volunteers was impressive, this day is about more than just numbers. It is bigger than just one person, one non-profit, one cause, one volunteer, a free t-shirt or lunch. This day is about coming together as neighbors and friends to do good as a whole, to improve our people and places, wherever there is a need. So whether volunteers on this day were feeding the hungry, picking up litter off our streets, beautifying a public or historic space, brightening someone’s day through crafts and conversation, or simply helping an understaffed non-profit complete tasks that they just didn’t have time to get around to on their own — we all ultimately benefit, as individuals and as a community. Thank you for doing your part!
A special thank you on behalf of our participating non-profit partners and community agencies: One Blood, MNW Boys & Girls Club, City of Boston, City of Thomasville, Crafts For A Cause, Douglass High School, Friends of Lost Creek Forest, Butterfly Garden, Glenn-Mor Nursing Home, Habitat For Humanity, Halcyon Home, Hands & Hearts For Horses, the Hebrew Cemetery, The Thomas County Historical Society, The Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society, Keep Thomas County Beautiful, Legacy Village, Downtown Main Street, City of Meigs, Metcalfe Heritage Society, Metcalfe Community Association, Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary, Nepenthic/Androcles Society, Oak Street Mission, Ronald McDonald House, Red Cross, Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Second Harvest, Sunrise Community, Thomas County Board of Education, Thomas County Middle School, Thomasville Landmarks, TOSAC, United Way, The Vashti Center, Woodleaf, YMCA.
You will find pictures from HOTC Day below (we will keep posting pics as we receive them), as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
A very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Ashley HomeStore, as well as all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers who make this day happen. You are the best!