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Gwinnett Great Days of Service in need of volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The 12th Annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service is in need of volunteers Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Last year, the 95,000 good Samaritans who participated in the event completed more than 500 community projects in two days at local nonprofits, churches and schools across Gwinnett County.

Previous projects ranged from repair work around buildings, installing playground sets, planting trees and cleaning nature trails.

"What takes a group of 20 to 40 volunteers four hours would take four weeks for our crew of two maintenance employees," said Lynnette Ward, Community Resource Director of Rainbow Village, whose group has received help previously during the two-day event.

This year, there is a long list of places asking for help, including Amigos for Christ, Jolly Rogers Farm, Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Sustainable Norcross. There is always something to do.

Volunteers can sign up in groups with their families, large corporations, churches, businesses, schools and sports teams. Indiviuals are also encouraged to join the event.

Great Days of Service is hosted by the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services and United Way. For more information and to sign up, visit www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org.