People Helping People: Hi-Hope Volunteers and Events Help Meet Community Needs

A few months ago I received an e-mail from a Lawrenceville resident, Cynthia Block. In a search for the right place to donate her art and sewing supplies, Block found Hi-Hope. After a tour and a conversation about our volunteer needs, Block and her family (husband, Michael and daughter, Victoria) immediately formed a lasting volunteer relationship with Hi-Hope. All three have joined our volunteer forces because of their interest to help others and as a result of a Web search.

Hi-Hope Service Center is indebted to the many volunteers that assist us in supporting adults with developmental disabilities. We have "regulars," men and women who show up like clockwork; "intermittent regulars," those who are available for special events or projects on a recurring schedule; and our newly found friends of Hi-Hope who develop lasting friendships and assist us with needed support while working on special projects, going on trips into the community and helping with lunch and individual activities.

Thanks to all these wonderful volunteers who communicate an awareness of our needs to others and expand our volunteer base. Some of these groups, like members of the Lilburn Women's Club and the Buford Women's Club, have been volunteering for more than 20 years. We even have student nurses from North Georgia College who volunteer with us during our events. Volunteer opportunities are listed on our Web site.

Thanks to the Cherokee Cowboys Single Action Shooting Club, who will be donating to Hi-Hope a portion of their registration fee from their annual shooting match to be held Oct. 24, 2009 at the Cherokee Gun Club.

Hi-Hope men and women volunteer throughout the community. We'd love join your business, civic organization, or non-profit on your volunteer projects. Please contact Kevin Goss at 770-963-8694 ext. 23 for more information.

Several events in October welcome your support. Attending these events, making donations and volunteering are excellent ways to participate. All proceeds benefit the men and women of Hi-Hope. Please take the time to invite your friends and family members to attend with you.

The annual Taste of Buford will take place Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Buford Village, on the corner of Hamilton Mill Road and Buford Highway. A variety of menu samples will be available from 22 restaurants. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Go to www.hihopecenter.org or call 770-963-8694, ext. 11 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The annual 5K Challenge and 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run will be held at Hi-Hope Center, 882 Hi-Hope Road, Lawrenceville, on October 10 at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms are on our Web site, www.hihopecenter.org. A bake sale and yard sale will be held at Hi-Hope until 3 p.m. that day.

Raffle tickets for a Sikes grill, diamond tennis bracelet, sapphire and diamond ring and a Stoeger Uplander double barrel shotgun are available on the Web site and will be available for purchase at both events.

Hi-Hope Service Center supports adults with developmental disabilities by building and sustaining individual independence.

Hi-Hope is celebrating 50 years of services to the residents of Gwinnett County.

People Helping People is a weekly column written by the executive directors of nonprofit organizations in Gwinnett County. Need help or know someone that does? The Gwinnett Helpline directs callers to the appropriate nonprofit agency. Call 770-995-3339.