Projects sought for "Hands Across Rockdale"

CONYERS -- Organizers are looking for projects for volunteers to work on for the first "Hands Across Rockdale"[*]
community event this spring.

The inaugural "Hands Across Rockdale" event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and is organized by the Leadership Rockdale alumni and the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Harrison with Leadership Rockdale described the event as a day of service for anyone or any group wishing to give a hand on different project sites across the county.

"We'll have family-friendly projects whether it's picking up a paint brush, spreading mulch or helping abandoned dogs and cats find a home, but something in the community that allows everybody for one day for four hours to get involved," Harrison said.

He told the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Tuesday that organizers are looking for projects for the event.

The deadline for project submissions is Feb. 15. Sponsorships will be accepted through March 1. All projects must be able to be completed within the four-hour window on the "Hands Across Rockdale" day and be inside Rockdale County.

"You supply the projects, we'll supply the labor and supplies," Harrison said.

Also, each project should have a contact person to act as a point person for volunteers that day.

Applications for project submissions and more details are available at the effort's Web site, www.handsacrossrockdale.org.

Volunteers will also be able to sign up at the website. Those signing up before April 1 will receive a free T-shirt with a logo designed by the Rockdale Career Academy graphic arts students.

Community-wide volunteer events such as "Hands Across Rockdale" are not new to Georgia. "Hands On Atlanta" was founded in 1989 and has served more than 400 nonprofit organizations and schools. "Hands On Atlanta" volunteers also provide free Saturday tutoring and enrichment activities for elementary students at 14 metro Atlanta schools through the Discovery program.

There are also Hands On volunteer centers in Cumming, Athens, Cornelia, Macon and Savannah, according to the Hands On Network website.

Correction, Jan. 13, 2012: This story was revised. The story should have reported the correct name of the organization as "Hands Across Rockdale." Return to the story here [*].