PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Coaliton gearing up for annual Great Days of Service

Ellen Gerstein

Behind every Gwinnett Great Days of Service, there is a vast network of volunteers, supporters, and agencies that are key to launching the nation’s largest two-day volunteer event right here in Gwinnett. This event is perfect for volunteers who have high energy to serve, agencies who need a helping hand to finish a necessary project, and/or businesses who are sharing civic responsibility among their workforce while gaining exposure to thousands of potential customers.

On Oct. 20-21, hundreds of community projects will be completed including community gardens, filling the shelves of food pantries, reviving tired spaces and environmental clean-up and pick-ups to name a few opportunities. Each year we increase volunteers, partner with more supporters, and encourage participation to make a difference in your community. We need everyone’s help to make this year’s event surpass our past excellent efforts.

Last year, more than 63,000 volunteers tackled the many needs of our community, ranging from homelessness to food scarcity to visiting our seniors and giving flowers, cards of encouragement, or “Blessing Bags” to those in need of a helping hand. This year we hope to reach even more needs in Gwinnett, increasing our efforts to include veterans, seniors, health and wellness, special needs, and many more.

If you are looking for a cause, we need you as a volunteer or agency to partner with us and achieve success through volunteering. Your involvement in the Gwinnett Great Days of Services helps agencies and schools address thousands of people in need. If you, or an agency have a project you would like to submit, please log onto www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org and submit a project application.

This annual event was created 17 years ago in the spirit of Gwinnett’s slogan, “Success Lives Here.” The Gwinnett Great Days of Service is designed to gain community awareness for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, a non-profit agency and more than 800 health and human service agencies and organizations, the Coalition represents and supports. The Gwinnett Great Days of Service Steering Committee works with these agencies to define, address, and help support specific needs in the county that are being overlooked, completing defined service projects as a community, while educating citizens and community leaders about the needs around them and actively engaging them to serve those in need.

This year, we will again be partnering with our legacy sponsor, Gwinnett United Way, and several other partners to place our largest volunteer event in the nation back on the map. There are many ways to get involved and work together as a community, and we want to include you.

For more information, please contact Regina Miller at 770-995-3339 or email her at regina@gwinnettcoalition.org. We are always interested in identifying new sponsors, so please contact us ASAP if you are interested. For more info on this year’s event, please visit www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org/.

Ellen Gerstein is Executive Director of the Gwinnett Coaliton for Health and Human Services.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services. For more information contact Ellen Gerstein at ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.