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Volunteers still needed for Gwinnett Great Days of Service

LAWRENCEVILLE — A week away from the biggest volunteer event in Gwinnett, leaders are still looking for people to pitch in to fulfill needs in the community.

Project registrations has been extended until Tuesday for Gwinnett Great Days of Service, as the need for help is still great.

“This event is open to everyone,” said Nicole Love Hendrickson, associate director for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, who said individuals, schools, church groups, associations, small businesses, and families are welcome. “If someone wants to give back this is the perfect vehicle and opportunity. What may seem like a small amount of time or effort for a volunteer can make a big difference to these organizations.”

The Gwinnett Great Days of Service benefits local non-profit agencies who work all year with people who are struggling financially or emotionally. The event allows volunteers to help those agencies with their own needs, from painting and repair to installing playground sets or cleaning up nature trails, stocking kitchens and shelters.

“We all have gifts that can be shared and given,” said Paige Havens, the founder of the event. “This volunteer event allows people to explore and discover where they can make the greatest impact in our community.”

The nonprofits participating in the event often rely on the aid, a press release said. Maureen Kornowa of the North Gwinnett Co-op said the October event helps replenish the organization’s shelves for the upcoming holiday season.

“Gwinnett Great Days of Service allows volunteers to actively get their hands dirty and to be a part of the process of building community” said Demetrius Jordan, regional director with the United Way of Greater Atlanta, which is a sponsor of the event. “When everyone brings a little bit of their own talents and efforts, it truly makes our community a greater place.”

While thousands have signed up for the varied opportunities, there are still a handful of projects without any volunteers, a coordinator said.

The projects slated for Friday, Oct. 4 with no volunteers include the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust-Westchester, Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, Gwinnett Helpline, Peachtree Christian Hospice and The Impact Group, as of Tuesday.

Projects without volunteers for Saturday, Oct. 5 include the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Huffman House, Overcomers House, and the Hope Clinic. Also, only four volunteers have signed up to help Lift Up Atlanta stuff blessing bags, out of the 100 total needed.

To find out how you can help, go to www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org.