For some kids, having mentors to look up to makes a big difference in their lives.
Greg Childress of the Boys and Girls Club says, "Whether you want to be a doctor or a lawyer, you can do anything you want, but you have to stay off those streets because it's very dangerous out there, so that's why we come here."
The Hands on Thomas County program puts education and community at the top of its list, and organizers say a $10,000 grant from the state will be used for just that.
Jo Ann Bell, the director of Hands on Thomas County, says, "We're going to use it to expand our children's programs, for special events, and to just help increase our volunteer reach."
They are efforts that non-profit organizations like the Boys and Girls Club appreciate.
Lee Wagner, the director of the Boys and Girls Club, says, "You're sort of limited in your staffing and by being able to call upon an agency such as Hands on Thomas County for human resources is a tremendous asset."
Organizers say the program is flexible and their main purpose is to encourage community service in any way.
Jo Ann Bell says, "If they just have an hour a week, an hour a month, we just want to give everybody that chance to give to Thomas County."
It’s a simple mission to make a difference, one volunteer at a time. Hands on Thomas County has more than 800 volunteers. To become a part of the team, call 229-226-5200.