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Volunteer for Great Days

Help wanted!to be a part of the largest volunteer effort in the country? Do you want your advertising dollars to reach more than 78,000 volunteers and hundreds of thousands of media contacts? Does your charitable agency have a service project that can be completed in one or two days by a volunteer team? Do you have a dollar to give to a worthwhile cause?

If you answered yes to any of these, read on.

You are wanted to help make a difference in Gwinnett. The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, is gearing up for the sixth annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service. The event will take place Oct. 28 and 29. So many lives have been touched through this event. Last year we had more than 78,000 volunteers working on more than 200 community projects. Several organizations have been created because of this event through the generosity of so many caring volunteers.

One example is the Gwinnett Foster Children's Foundation. They help needy foster families with clothing and other support services. Other projects have included landscaping, rehabbing food pantries, painting, school supply and food drives, building playgrounds and many more. More than 538 projects have been completed in the past five years.

There are many ways to get involved. Sponsors, participating agencies and volunteers complete the three-tiered approach to conducting this event.

n Sponsors - Sponsors are needed to underwrite the minimal costs of this event. Sponsorship levels are available to meet every budget. Please contact us or check out our Web site for more info.

n Agencies - Agencies can submit project ideas on the Web site. Every nonprofit agency in Gwinnett should have at least one project for the event. It's a great way to get exposure and recognition for your worthy cause.

n Volunteers - Volunteers are the heart of the event. Volunteers can register for a project on the Web site or contact us for more information. Projects can also be recruited especially for a volunteer team with your corporate mission in mind. Families can participate. Church and civic groups can help. Adults and youth all over Gwinnett are needed.

n Dollar Makes A Difference - If everyone in Gwinnett would give a dollar, and would volunteer at least one day, we would go a long way toward solving some major community issues in Gwinnett. Look for more information to come in September about how you can participate in the "Dollar Makes a Difference" Campaign.

Get involved. Make a difference. Contact Rachael Shaikun at rachael@gwinnettcoalition.org, www.gwinnettgdos.org, or call Rachael at 678-377-4137.

"People Helping People" is a weekly column written by the executive directors of nonprofit organizations in Gwinnett County. Today's article was written by Ellen Gerstein of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.

Need help or know someone who does? The Gwinnett Helpline directs callers to the appropriate nonprofit agency. Call 770-995-3339.