By: Kara Duffy
April 21, 2014
Thomasville, GA- April is National Volunteer Week but folks in Thomas County wanted to take it a step further.
"It's just a feeling that you walk away with that is so different then any other feeling," said Amy Boland, the co-founder and director of Project Backyard. "You're giving of yourself and when that happens, it's something very special."
It's those type of feelings folks with Hands On Thomas County are hoping to ignite in volunteers all week long.
"Throughout the week, we'll have lots of opportunities for people to come out and help in different ways," said Angela Kiminas, the Executive Director of Hands On Thomas County.
It's all part of Hands On Thomas County's Volunteer Week which will run April 19- April 26. Mayor Max Beverly made it official with a proclamation last week.
"We'll be holding a collection drive to collect sample size toiletries, wash cloths, tooth brushes, combs; things along those lines that will be used by volunteers to make care packages to donate to our local human services agencies," Kiminas said.
Volunteers with Project Backyard kicked off the week Saturday with projects at several locations across Thomasville, including a manna drop in partnership with Second Harvest.
"We go out and we serve and what our whole idea is, you don't have to go overseas to serve people. We've got needs in our own backyard," said Boland.
Volunteers are also getting rewarded for their hard work thanks to local businesses.
"Grassroots Coffee is offering free coffee to all volunteers who come out and identify themselves as such and that will be going on throughout the week," Kiminas said.
For volunteers, however, the rewards go much deeper.
"You are not only blessing someone else but you are also being blessed yourself," Boland added.
For a full list of volunteer opportunities and appreciation stations across town, visit: http://www.handsonthomascounty.org/2014/03/17/national-volunteer-week/