Church volunteers complete county service projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 700 volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently partnered with other community churches, civic organizations, government agencies and businesses in eight service projects throughout Gwinnett County as part of the Helping Hands and Linking Arms Day of Service.

The LDS Church partnered with the Lawrenceville Housing Authority to assemble and deliver food boxes containing rice, peanut butter, jelly, soup and a variety of canned goods to 212 families. Volunteers included Housing Authority leadership and residents, Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services and members of the church.

In Dacula, the LDS Church and the Community of Christ Church provided landscaping at United Cerebral Palsy and built flower beds, planted flowers and painted the interior at Creative Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit organization working with adults who are disabled.

In Lawrenceville and Grayson, volunteers cleaned up Harbins and Bethesda parks, both part of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

LDS Spanish congregations in Lilburn and Lawrenceville partnered with the Latin American Association's Norcross Outreach Center to assemble 200 to 300 food boxes for LAA outreach centers to distribute to families in need. Volunteers also landscaped and painted the Outreach Center.

In Snellville, volunteers cleaned up four senior citizens' homes.

The LDS congregation in Centerville partnered with Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful to stencil storm drains to prevent storm water pollution with a fish sign and the message, "Do Not Dump. Leads to Stream." Volunteers also put a door hanger on more than 900 doors in the neighborhoods where they stenciled drains, which provided information on how to protect and enhance the environment.

At four homes in Lilburn, volunteers did general yard work for senior citizens. Volunteers also worked at the Touch of Life Foundation, which is a foundation for latch key children at risk.

Duluth team goes to cheerleading invitational

DULUTH - The Atlanta Jayhawks, an All-Star Cheerleading team from Duluth, recently traveled to The Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando, Fla.

The event, hosted by the United States All Star Federation, was held at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. It was the Atlanta Jayhawks' first invitation, and the team raised money to attend the event and represent the United States.

"It was an amazing experience and honor to travel to Worlds with a very talented group of young men and woman," said Kelly Halcomb, coach and owner of Cheer and Dance Atlanta, where the team trains. "I was thrilled with the team's performance and so proud to have finished 13th of 41 teams invited to the annual event."

The team consisted of Mitchell Smith, Ray Santiago, Hannah Brady, Kaylyn Andrews, Elizabeth Wills, MaKenzie Vining, Lauren Sims, Philip Miller, Chelsea McNeal, Kailey Carroll, Kendall Morgan, Katie Birkhead, Kara Conley, Kristen Brannigan, Morgan Kardatzke, Taylor Corley, Sydni Radle-Craft, Sydney Sickles, Monica Bilczewski and Jessica Hackney. The team was coached by Halcomb, Ashley Greene and Rick Braithwaite.

UGA Alumni Career Fair set for Gwinnett

DULUTH - The University of Georgia Career Center is hosting its fourth annual UGA Alumni Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Gwinnett Center Ballroom, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. This event is exclusively for UGA grads with all levels of experience and academic backgrounds. To sign up, visit Walk-ups also are welcome, so bring your resume.

Employers can showcase their companies at the career fair and recruit top talent from the state's flagship university. To register a business, visit

Last year, more than 600 grads and nearly 100 employers participated in the Alumni Career Fair.

UGA to honor fast-growing businesses

ATHENS - The University of Georgia Alumni Association is collecting nominations for 100 Best Bulldog Businesses, a new program created to spotlight fast-growing companies owned or operated by UGA alumni.

The top 100 businesses will be revealed at the program's inaugural event Jan. 30 in Atlanta. Nominations are being taken through Sept. 30. For information on entering a business, visit

To be considered in the program, an organization must have been in business for five years, have revenues of $100,000 or more for the last calendar year, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student. The program will recognize the fastest-growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year growth rate average.

Polaris dealer serving on

Advisory Council

LAWRENCEVILLE - Amanda Blackstone of Lawrenceville is one of 17 Polaris Industries Inc. dealers from across the United States and Canada serving as members of the Polaris Dealer Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council aids Polaris management in development of effective support and training programs to continuously improve the collective business of Polaris and the broader North American Polaris dealer network.

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