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.
We kicked off the first week of Project Impact Outreach with the Boys and Girls Club – Teen Club, taking a great group to Scott Senior Center!
We started our morning with a devotional from Keith McIntyre, a well-known local Minister who provides words of wisdom to groups within the Thomasville community!
The teens then socialized with the seniors while making butterflies by tracing and cutting out their handprints on construction paper. Each butterfly that was made included a special message and the butterflies were then gifted to each senior as an appreciation to them for being a positive influence on the youth and, of course, for brightening their day!
During the midst of each person making hand butterflies, there was a rotation of two people helping outside the garden laying hay straws around different vegetable seeds.
We then wrapped up our morning by making thank you cards in addition to the butterflies and, on our way out, we left each senior both a butterfly and a thank you card, letting them know that we appreciate them for allowing us to hang out with them! Some of the seniors even made cards for us to take home!
This was an amazing first outreach project full of smiles and so much joy! The theme of this project was to introduce volunteer work to some students and allow them to understand the importance of making someone feel special and appreciated by doing small acts of kindness!
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.