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Gwinnett Great Days of Service returns in October

In this 2012 file photo, Joyce Peeke, of Primerica, prepares to plant monkey grass at Annandale Village during Gwinnett's Great Days of Service.

In this 2012 file photo, Joyce Peeke, of Primerica, prepares to plant monkey grass at Annandale Village during Gwinnett's Great Days of Service.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Now in its 14th year, Gwinnett Great Days of Service is teaming up with The United Way of Greater Atlanta for the two-day event promoting volunteerism Oct. 4-5.

“The United Way of Greater Atlanta encourages everyone to give, advocate and volunteer in order to improve all our communities,” said Dan King, 2013’s campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Atlanta. “The Gwinnett Coalition is a great partner in that effort and the GDOS is a great example of what can be done together.”

Last year, more than 90,000 people participated, including individuals from large corporations, schools, small businesses, church groups and families. In total, the volunteers completed more than 400 community service projects.

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

“The United Way of Greater Atlanta is very excited to continue our partnership with the Gwinnett Coalition’s annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service,” said Michelle Prater, director of volunteerism for United Way. “This event gives everyone in our community the opportunity to make a difference. Working together, we are changing lives here in Gwinnett County.”

Gwinnett Great Days of Service is an annual event that promotes volunteerism across the county. It draws tens of thousands of volunteers each year to give back to their communities through community service projects and sponsorship.

Registration for volunteer projects opens at the end of August.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org or call 770-995-3339.