By: Kara Duffy
June 10, 2013
Thomasville, GA - Dozens of students in Thomasville are on a mission to make a difference this summer; it's all part of Hands on Thomas County's Project IMPACT Summer Service Camp.
"The whole idea behind it is to give all of our local kids kind of a survey as to the different non-profit organizations in our area and the ways they can help them as volunteers," explained Angela Kiminas with Hands On Thomas County.
One of the first projects of the day was at a house along Victoria Place. Students joined forces with the folks from Habitat for Humanity to help build the new house.
Many of the kids said it was an experience they'll never forget.
"We got a few walls done and after we finished that, I realized that it was really nice to help the community out and all of the people in it," said sixth-grader Jett Kiminas.
"It made me feel good helping people out who didn't have homes and who are struggling and now they get a good home," said seventh-grader and volunteer, Carson Odom.
Next stop was America's Second Harvest Food Bank where students organized canned goods, which will later be distributed to those in need.
"I've had a good experience helping the community and we've done a lot of work for them so far and I'm sure they're going to be happy," said fellow seventh-grader, Chad Shelton.
Organizers say, they hope students will continue to volunteer after camp comes to an end.
"These kids are our future leaders and caretakers and it's important that we give them the tools and resources they need to be successful," said Kiminas.
Later in the week the students will also be volunteering at the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society, as well as visiting local senior centers.
For more information on ways you can volunteer throughout the community, go to: http://www.handsonthomascounty.org.