The 10th annual Hands On Thomas County (HOTC) Day will take place Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-noon.
Throughout Thomas County, citizens will lend a hand by volunteering their time and skills to local non-profit organizations and community service projects. Anyone who wants to help can sign up online at www.HandsOnThomasCounty.org.
Volunteers may find themselves preserving Thomasville’s heritage through the beautification of public spaces and the painting of historic homes in the Victoria Place Redevelopment area. Some volunteers will help take a bite out of hunger by distributing food to those in need at America’s Second Harvest and at a Manna Drop at Harper Elementary School. Some will spend their morning learning how they can be ready to aid their community during a disaster with the American Red Cross. Other volunteers will have their hands full caring for animals seeking forever homes at Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary or the Humane Society. No matter the project, all volunteers will make possible, what might otherwise be impossible, for our area’s non-profit and community agencies.
Hands On Thomas County is entering its 10th year of service to the community and its more than 300 local non-profits.
Executive Director Angela Kiminas said, “Over the past decade, HOTC has placed more than 10,000 volunteers who have donated over 116,000 hours of time to community projects. During HOTC Day 2012, in just one morning of service, more than 1,200 community members donated 5,000 hours of service to community projects, our largest volunteer event ever. We’re looking to make our 10th annual HOTC Day even bigger and more productive! This is a wonderful way to bring our community together to make a positive impact not only on local non-profits, but also our friends, neighbors and ourselves.”
Hands On Thomas County Day is also an opportunity for students, individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations to learn about the needs in our community by serving at the non-profit organizations that make it their daily business to address those needs. The ultimate goal is to inspire volunteers on one day, to want to do more for their community every day.
More than 50 project sites are expected this year requiring the help of a large number of volunteers. Project sites currently on the HOTC Day 2013 roster include America’s Second Harvest, Birdsong Nature Center, Hands & Hearts for Horses, Halcyon Home, Keep Thomas County Beautiful, Red Cross, Lives Without Limits, Tall Timbers, The Treehouse, Thomasville Community Resource Center, and Thomasville Landmarks. Many more project sites will be added prior to the big day.
Even if you are unable to volunteer at a project site the morning of Hands On Thomas County Day, there are other ways you can help:
· Pine Straw Fundraiser – Golden Pine Straw will donate to HOTC a portion of all pine straw bale sales. Bales can be pre-ordered (through Oct. 18) by calling 224-4107 or 403-4920. Just tell them HOTC sent you! Free delivery for orders of 25 bales or more. You can also drive in and pick up on HOTC Day, 10/19, at 312 N. Broad St.
· Blood Drive – On Oct. 19 at .Cherokee Lake Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteer to give the gift of life! Pre-registration is recommended. You can pre-register online at www.oneblood.org
·Eat at Ruby Tuesday on Oct 19-21 and 20 percent of your dining bill will be donated to HOTC! Just visit the www.HandsOnThomasCounty.org to print out the flyer before you dine (you must have the flyer with you to qualify).
· Tool Drive – Donate new or gently used tools to the cause! Shovels, rakes, clippers, gloves, paint brushes, etc. are needed every year to help non-profits get the job done. Bring your tool donation to our office at 312 N. Broad St. any time before Oct. 19 or to Cherokee Lake Park on HOTC Day.
· Become an HOTC sponsor – A sponsorship supports community programs such as HOTC Day, Family Volunteer Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Service Day, National Volunteer Week, Project Impact summer service camp, and SHOTC (Student Hands On Thomas County).
Hands On Thomas County is a non-profit 501(c)3 which promotes volunteerism in Thomas County by connecting citizens as volunteers to non-profit agencies, needs and opportunities in the community that improve the quality of life for everyone. For more information, call 229-226-5200.
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