HOTC was proud to present our first ever Project IMPACT Outreach summer volunteer program. Based on our popular Project IMPACT Summer Service Camp, Outreach is a mini-camp geared toward local youth organizations and kids that may not typically attend the full week-long camp.
Our “guinea pigs” for the 2015 pilot program were 16 kids in grades 6-9 from the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Club. Over 3 days, they visited 3 different local non-profits to volunteer their time, energy and skills helping others:
Day 1 was Reaching Out at The Scott Senior Center. We made crafts (hand-colored folding fans perfect for the hot summer weather), served beverages, organized the boutique, and made many new friends. Our participants learned that the simple gesture of getting to know the people in their community makes for a stronger community.
Day 2 focused on the Environment at Birdsong Nature Center. While enjoying the beautiful surroundings, our group cleared the pathways and trails; raked, swept and weeded the front entrance-way and picnic area; and cleaned up the bird viewing window. It was hot, hard work, but they found it rewarding…and shockingly fun!
Day 3 was about Human Services, specifically the issue of Hunger. We spent it at Second Harvest among pallets holding thousands of pounds of food. Our group unloaded, sorted and packed 6 pallets-worth of food destined for neighbors in need.
It was a great group of kids, and we had a wonderful time with them, as they learned from HOTC how they can make a positive difference through volunteer service. We look forward to doing it again next year!
Thank you to all the donors and supporters who make programs like these possible, especially the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation; and Diamond Level Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. Clint Kadel, Mrs. Diane W. Parker, and Dr. & Mrs. Philip Watt.