Hands On Thomas County (HOTC) is seeking volunteers for the 17th annual HOTC Day, which will take place on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m.-noon. 

HOTC Day is a collective day of community service that unites diverse groups for the common cause of doing good throughout Thomas County. Typically, this giant day of service activates 1,400-plus volunteers at 70 different project sites, but with the current health and safety concerns associated with COVID-19, HOTC staff and board members, like so many, have had to get creative to reimagine this event (and project sites) to allow volunteers to participate safely and comfortably.

“As always, we want as many people to volunteer as possible at as many sites as possible, but we recognize that we need to proceed carefully and really consider the needs and safety of our community members and volunteers,” said HOTC Executive Director Angela Kiminas. “Our goal this year is low contact, high impact. We are allowing volunteers to choose the volunteer experience they are most comfortable with whether that is online, in their own home, or at a traditional, in-person project site.”

Individuals, families, clubs, and businesses  wishing to volunteer on HOTC Day can sign up directly for independent volunteer opportunities such as online training to recognize child abuse with The Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center, or Adopt A Non-Profit, which allows you to bring awareness and assistance to local agencies; do-it-yourself projects such as making cards for Red Cross Holidays For Heroes and local senior centers, or Lawn Brigade doing yard work for families and agencies in need; and Grab & Go Stations ,where volunteers can pick up a project kit to complete where and with whom they are most comfortable. Those who wish to serve at a traditional (in-person, on-site) volunteer opportunity can submit a volunteer registration form online. Traditional sites have been selected with the low contact/high impact goal in mind, and will be outdoors, limited to 25 or less volunteers, with masks and physical distancing highly encouraged. Manna Drops (free food distributions) in all seven Thomas County cities, KTCB Stash The Trash, and other community beautification efforts are on tap for HOTC Day 2020.

Participating volunteers will receive a HOTC T-shirt and a free (drive-thru) lunch from Dog World at Cherokee Lake. Community members are also invited to enter the HOTC Day Disney raffle for a chance to win four Disney Park Hopper Passes good through February 2022. To sign up to volunteer, and for more information, visit www.HandsOnThomasCounty.org/hotcday2020.

Hands On Thomas County connects residents as volunteers to non-profit and community agencies, needs, and service opportunities in Thomas County through annual events such as HOTC Day, and every day through ongoing volunteer placement. 

For more information, call (229) 226-5200 or visit www.HandsOnThomasCounty.org

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