The first day of Project Impact Summer Service Camp sets the tone for the rest of the week so we don’t just ease in to the volunteer experience, we jump in whole-heartedly! Our theme for the day – Human Services.
The morning started at Habitat For Humanity, helping in their new ReStore located on Stevens Street. The ReStore accepts donations of gently used furniture and appliances, and salvaged home items such as doors, lighting, and other home-building materials which are then sold to the public to raise money to build new homes in our community. During our morning discussion, we talked about ways to help a non-profit fulfill its mission from volunteering to fundraising. These kids are trying to accomplish both.
Our volunteers took on many tasks: painting doors, headboards, and furniture; dusting items in the store; and helping trim back bushes in the parking lot. The kids did such a great job painting (they really picked up some skills, parents!), we will be auctioning off a few items in the hopes of raising money for Habitat (and in true philanthropic fashion, 10% of the final sale will also be donated to HOTC…thank you to our friends at Habitat!). We will share a link this week to enable you to bid on these items (we will also share on Facebook and Instagram). The kids will be thrilled to see their hard work “pay off”, and you will be helping two great causes!
In the afternoon, we visited Second Harvest of South Georgia and sorted, packed, and stacked boxes and boxes of food items that were donated during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this past May. This food will make its way into the hands of hungry families throughout south Georgia.
The day was devoted to helping ensure that families in need receive basic human services such as safe and decent housing, and adequate and nutritious food. We are happy to do our part.