Governor Calls Georgians to Serve during ‘Hands On Georgia Week’

Hands On Georgia Week Set for September 27 – October 4

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue today challenged the citizens and businesses of Georgia to serve and enhance their communities during Hands On Georgia Week, which will take place from Saturday, September 27, through Saturday, October 4.

“We have much to be proud of and thankful for as Georgians, and volunteering in our communities is an essential part of our outstanding quality of life,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “I challenge each Georgian to join me and volunteer for a local community service project with your family, friends or co-workers during Hands On Georgia Week. I encourage everyone to find something that they are passionate about, whether it’s working with children or senior citizens, cleaning up and preserving our state’s natural resources, or supporting fine arts and sports programs.”

According to the Volunteering in America Report by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Georgians volunteered for nearly 229,575,000 hours of community service in 2007, worth an estimated $4.4 billion ($4,479,007,314) of time. Still, Georgia’s overall rate of volunteers was 24.2 percent, compared to the national average of 26.2 percent.

Hands On Georgia is the first statewide network in the nation that is dedicated to volunteer service and civic engagement, acting as a central organizing body for all of Georgia’s 159 counties to mobilize citizens to address community needs and enhance their respective communities. Hands On Georgia Week is the organization’s signature event, which attracted 68,000 volunteers who contributed 191,000 hours of community service in 2007.

One of the projects scheduled for this year’s Hands On Georgia Week include 300 volunteers participating in Beach Sweeppicking up litter on the beach and in the dunes of Tybee Island.

Hands On Georgia has 14 affiliates across the state that include the communities of Athens, Atlanta, Brunswick, Columbus, Covington, Dalton, Dooly County, Forsyth County, Harlem, Macon, Milledgeville, Savannah, Wayne County and Thomas County.

Citizens interested in participating in Hands On Georgia Week are encouraged to e-mail or call Hands On Georgia at info@handsongeorgia. org or (404) 979- 2842. Specific project information is available at .

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