Volunteer Week 2020
April is National Volunteer Month. Join us as we celebrate Thomas County’s very own Volunteer Week, April 18-25…with, like many things nowadays, a social-distance twist! We’ll honor our 2020 Hands On Heroes, promote select in-home and virtual volunteer opportunities, and do fun daily giveaways (read more below). Things are a little different right now, but our volunteer spirit never wavers. We hope you’ll be a part of our activities!
Although we are disappointed we can’t gather together in person to celebrate at Cheers For Volunteers, we are still excited to announce this year’s Hands On Heroes Award Winners who were selected for their outstanding volunteer service in our community:
♦ Individual – Mr. Chris Henderson
♦ Student – Mr. Winston Cornish
♦ Group – K-Kids of Cross Creek Elementary
Many thanks to community members for nominating over 75 individuals and groups! We can’t wait to celebrate in person soon with each and every one of them – and you. Read more about the winners, honorable mentions and nominees here.
There are many kinds of heroes in our community, and during difficult times we see many in action. Let us know your favorite every day hero on our Facebook page during Volunteer Week. Five lucky heroes will receive $10 in Downtown Dollars! Be on the lookout for Facebook posts starting Sunday, April 19 where you can nominate someone who is making a difference right now.
We can’t say it enough – THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who make this such a great community to be a part of! Stay up-to-date for further opportunities, updates and “shout-outs” on our Daily Opportunities Calendar and Facebook page. And if you’re not already, be sure to sign up for our email updates – stay connected!
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Normally this time of year, local businesses are honoring our volunteers by offering freebies and discounts. During this unusual time, we are asking our volunteers to return the love instead. Show your appreciation for all the local businesses who continually support HOTC by supporting them with online and curbside-pickup. To see what many local businesses are doing and offering, click here.
Volunteer Opportunities At Home, Virtually, and More!
There are currently no known risks for healthy people donating blood during this time. This will be by appointment only to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed. Make an appointment with Oneblood here.
Send encouragement to our local healthcare workers. Let them know how much they are appreciated by sending drawings, notes or encouraging words. Send electronically here.
Help Your Neighbor
Write Letters of Love
Brighten a seniors’ day by sending cards with encouraging messages, and drawings. This is a great way to show our seniors – many of whom are self-quarantined – that we care. Send electronically here.
Foster A Shelter Pet
Foster a shelter pet for a couple hours or a couple days. This is a great way to help get them ready for a “fur”ever home, and you’ll have great company while sheltering from home. Call our local Humane Society at (229) 228.1613
There is a great need of individuals who can sew masks or cut patterns.
To help local Essential Businesses – sign up here. If you are an essential business which needs masks, click here.
To help Archbold, call 228-2924 (M-F).
Donate any fabric you may have to help the many volunteers making masks! Drop off at Vital Signs located at 1304 E. Jackson Street anytime Monday – Friday. Monetary donations to help purchase materials also gratefully accepted.
We are constantly updating, so check back often!
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Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time and resources to community efforts!
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Please be sure to read our best practices for volunteering, and always follow current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).