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Hands on Henry in need of volunteers


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

 Feel like digging in the dirt, painting a fence or simply making a difference in your community, if only for a day? The 15th annual Hands On Henry will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Leadership Henry, a program of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, sponsors the yearly day of service and the goals of the event are to promote volunteerism within the county and provide service to those in need.

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  Every spring, volunteers with Hands On Henry dedicate a half day doing volunteer work to make Henry County a better place to live, tackling projects from civic organizations, schools, non-profit organizations, community clubs, churches, and public facilities such as parks and community centers that need volunteers to perform beautification or other site improvements.

  According to Diane Ide, Director of Communications for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, last year there were approximately 1,000 volunteers fanned throughout the county, and said it seems that every year it gets even bigger.

  “It provides an opportunity for citizens to give back the their communities, usually for a non-profit organization, and pay it forward,” she said.

  This year, eligible projects run the gamut from grounds enhancements at Noah’s Ark to staining a deck at the Honey Creek Youth Ranch in McDonough to picking up debris and planting flowers at various schools. There are many projects and locations available and jobs to fit nearly every skill level and age. Several projects are located at Henry County schools and charitable organizations and volunteers are desperately needed. Organizers welcome individuals or groups, however children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and teenagers need to have parental permission.

  Tarji Dunn, Publicity Chair for this year’s Leadership Henry Class said they are need of volunteers to make this year’s event a successful one.

  She echoed Ide’s sentiments.

  “It’s so important to volunteer especially in the community in which you live, making it cleaner and better” said Dunn. “This is a great way to give back to Henry County and it’s only a four-hour commitment to make a huge difference.”

  She also encourages groups and organizations to sign up as well as families and said it’s a great way for families to get together and instill the value of volunteerism in their children.

  “I would encourage families with children to get together and make it a day to give back to their community,” said Dunn, who brings her young son to participate in the day of service. “We would love to see thousands of volunteers this year.”

  Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a specific project through the website, where they can view a list of projects and the number of volunteers still needed. The half-day of service lasts until noon and participants will receive a Chick-fil-a coupon and a tee shirt for their participation.

  For more information, to view a full list of projects or to register to volunteer, log onto to



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