Welcome to one of several summer 2023 Project Impact Outreach recaps from our Project Impact ROI intern. Project Impact ROI is an annual program designed to engage local high-school seniors and college-age students in community service, and expand our SHOTC youth summer programming and outreach. In return, the intern gains valuable leadership experience, credit hours (if applicable), and a monetary award. Know a student (18+) who would make a great intern candidate for Project Impact ROI? Click here for information.
My name is Jennifer Coleman, and I am the 2023 Hands On Thomas County Impact ROI intern!
I am a graduate of Thomas County Central High School and am currently a senior at Thomas University. I am also on the Thomas University Track & Field team as a Thrower. I currently hold six school records, which is the most by a female in program history!
I am excited to be this year’s HOTC intern and look forward to the opportunity to not only mentor youth and provide guidance but also give back to a community that has given so much to me since I was a toddler.
Hey everyone! I’m back with another blog to tell you even more about the fun I’m having this summer with local youth organizations!
This week, I kicked things off with the Boys and Girls Club at Second Harvest of South Georgia, an organization that operates a variety of programs that are aimed at reducing food insecurities in our local area.
Then, I was able to end the week with the group at Thomasville Community Resource Center! TCRC is an organization that provides educational development by providing afterschool and summer learning opportunities for local youth.
Each day at Second Harvest on both days, we were assigned to pack food boxes with different types of foods such as almonds, walnuts, and stew beef. We also had the opportunity to sort oranges by throwing away any non-edible ones and storing the good ones in plastic bags to prep them for distribution. The Boys and Girls Club and TCRC youth had so much fun being able to work together as a team for an amazing cause!
Additionally, TCRC made such a huge impact by packing a total of 124 boxes in just an hour and a half! That’s enough boxes to feed 124 families for at least a week! We then ended with a nice tour (thanks, Josh!) of the facility and everyone enjoyed “cooling” off after their hard work with a quick look into the freezer!
Overall, we had two great days! I enjoyed watching the kids engage in the project that is giving back to their community. I think it opened their eyes and helped them understand that they can make a difference, even in our small town!
Special thanks to these Diamond Level & above Sponsors, The Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation, and all of our donors and sponsors for making volunteer programs and events like these possible.