Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Local moms donate their time for good causes.
As a mom to young kids, I think it's easy for me to feel like the world only exists within the walls of my house. I think that it's important to look out beyond the haven of my home and reach out to others in need. It feels pretty amazing to make a difference in the world by doing something with my time other than wiping runny noses, although that's an important job, too. I recently learned that 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people. That's just staggering to me. So, I decided to use my blog Leigh vs. Laundry as a platform for change. I teamed up with Water.org and a whole team of fellow bloggers to help raise $2,500- enough money to bring clean, safe drinking water to 100 people for…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Eight-year-old Olivia Lamons has collected more than $1,000 for disease prevention and treatments for dogs and cats since the launch of Project Shelter Helper last May.
An 8-year-old Barrow County student is dedicated to helping dramatically change, and even save, the lives of shelter dogs and cats. Olivia Lamons, a third grader at Statham Elementary School, where her mother Lacy teaches second grade, loves to read. When she came across an article last spring about a child who raised money for charity through a lemonade stand, she became inspired to help her community. Olivia combined that desire to serve with her love of pets to form Project Shelter Helper with the goal of raising money for tests and treatments to give the most needy cats and dogs the best possible chance of adoption. "She had looked online and saw a real need at shelters for the heartworm vaccine because the shelters don't have them and…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Fifteen students recently completed an 8-week disaster preparedness course offered by the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team continues to grow — 15 students recently completed an 8-week disaster preparedness course. "We are very excited that we continue to have people wanting the training," Mike Wilson, CERT president, said in a news release. The latest class met once a week every Thursday night and was taught by CERT members, Barrow County Emergency Services personnel and employees with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. This course educates residents in disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Barrow area and trains students in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. This course is designed to train …
Monday, September 19, 2011
A group of volunteers joined the family that will move into the completed house to symbolically break ground on Monday, Sept. 19.
Starting with just walls, Barrow County Habitat for Humanity is planning the build for its 14th house. A group of volunteers joined the family that will move into the completed home — Susan Christian and her daughter, Tabitha — to symbolically break ground on Monday, Sept. 19, shovels in hand. The three-bedroom, one-bath home will be built at 921 Lochwolde Lane in Bethlehem in the Lochwolde subdivision, and volunteers plan to begin clearing the property Saturday in preparation for construction. Volunteers will work one day a week and every Saturday until the house is completed — Barrow Habitat's executive director, Paul Brown, said he hopes to have the family moved in before Christmas. For that to happen, the organization is in need of …
Friday, February 18, 2011
Area organizations talk of volunteer opportunities around the county.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Katie Huston
Friday, February 18, 2011
It's now been more than two years in a nation knee-deep in recession and unemployment surges coming and going. Still, some Barrow County residents find the time to help out others even when it often proves difficult to even help themselves. With numerous volunteer opportunities around the county, many organizers say they’ve seen changes in the number of volunteers wanting to donate their time. Below is a list of some opportunities around Barrow County and how some organizers have noticed a change. The Tree House Reducing the impact and occurrence of child abuse across Barrow, Jackson and Banks Counties is The Tree House. Debra Shreve is the volunteer coordinator and also a counselor at The Tree House. She said the organization downsized …
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Branden and Renee Johnson find fulfillment volunteering with the local CASA program.
When one of Branden Johnson's clients suggested that Johnson and his wife, Renee, would be a great fit with Piedmont CASA, they weren't even sure what it was. All they knew was that they had a powerful love for children and were looking to volunteer their time. Now serving as CASA volunteers, or court-appointed special advocates for children, the Johnsons agree the fit is right. CASA volunteers provide a voice for children who have been abused or neglected and are currently in the foster care system. Advocates follow individual cases until they are done, meaning the child is either back with his or her parents, with another family member or in a pre-adoptive home. The goal is to finish each case in a year, though this isn't always …