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Hands on Henry set for April 19


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  Preparation for this spring’s Hands on Henry is going at full speed, with April 19 the date for the 2014 version of the community-wide event.

  Scott Whitmire and J.D. Hardin are the current Hands on Henry co-chairs. Both are in this year’s Leadership Henry class.

Volunteers work at Hands of Hope Clinic during last year’s Hands on Henry.                                                       Special photo

“The class is tasked with running Hands on Henry,” said Whitmire. “We divided up the duties among ourselves so we all have our roles.”

  Hands on Henry is an annual event that helps promote volunteerism in the county. For four hours each year, HOH organizers get as many volunteers as possible to come out and assist with projects in the county, mostly at sites of nonprofit organizations, “that make Henry County a better place to live and work,” as Whitmire put it.

  The project list was scheduled to be finalized this past weekend, and interested parties can check the Hands on Henry web site to see the list. The final projects will be determined based upon the number of volunteers signed up and the amount of money available to fund the projects.

  Whitmire wants to see this year’s work go beyond beautification projects and include more structural projects as well. With that in mind, organizers have reached out to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to see what projects are out there that could be done in the four-hour time frame.

  “We want volunteers to be able to go by a site several years from now and say, ‘I had a hand in doing that,’” said Whitmire.

  Project sites traditionally have included buildings and property belonging to local schools and churches, among other locations. Volunteers come from all walks of life, and HOH usually gets help in the form of scout troops, church groups, school leadership groups, civic organizations and others looking for a community service outlet.

  Last year’s event saw about 700 volunteers working at sites across the county, Whitmire said.

  Volunteers can register through the web site to facilitate communication between HOH committees and volunteers/groups. Volunteers who register by the deadline will receive their HOH T-shirt commemorating their participation in this year’s event, as well as tokens of appreciation from several Henry County businesses who value their civic involvement.

  Some volunteers who sign up in advance for a specific project can go directly to that site the morning of April 19 and everything they need will be ready for them to get to work. Others will show up that day without a specific job to do, and there will be a central place for them to assemble as well so they can be sent to the places they are needed.

  For complete information about participating in Hands on Henry as a volunteer or sponsor, visit



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