By Melissa Robinson
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.
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
“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
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
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
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
For more information, to view a full list of
projects or to register to volunteer, log onto to