The kids are back in school and though the temperatures are changing, there is a heightened sense of community brewing with fall sports and activities just on the horizon. One of those fall activities has the capability to energize citizens across the Gwinnett Community. Non-profit organizations providing services to the citizens of our County come together the first week in October for Gwinnett Great Days of Service and invite volunteers to work with them on various service projects. This event is designed to give Gwinnett County residents an opportunity to give back to those in need.

This year on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd 2009, people from all walks of life, including businesses, non-profits, schools, churches, neighborhoods and politicians will join together and make a difference by volunteering over this 2-day event.

The level of involvement for each one is different but each one has impact. Some spread pine straw and plant annuals to give a face lift to a recreation facility with activities for youth; some conduct food, school supplies and toiletry drives for those unable to provide for their family in the current economy; and others use their skills to build outdoor classrooms where for children can study and learn about nature and preservation.

One activity, one weekend for one purpose- to serve those in need. Gwinnett Great Days of Service is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary and our hope is that everyone will join us in this incredible effort to make a difference one day at a time.

Personal testimony . . .

Serving as the chairperson for Gwinnett Great Days of Service during the most difficult economic recession I cannot think of a better way to show the support and determination of this community.

Gwinnett Great Days of Service 2009 will be a weekend of giving. At a time when we all have much less to give in terms of capital resources, we can give something much more meaningful – time. When I think back to this event last year, I began that Friday morning by placing several canned goods in my first grader’s backpack for her schools food drive. Next I picked up co-workers at Street Smarts to travel to a several schools throughout the County collecting goods, socks, blankets, toiletries and other necessities and we delivered them to food banks all over Gwinnett County who serve those in need. My husband spent the morning working alongside co-workers from Garrard Group installing wooden benches for a Gwinnett County Middle School – thinking back I realize one family/my family went full circle with service to others on that “Great Day”. Our schools, our businesses and our non-profits all working together to help each other.

It did not feel like we gave a lot that day but during this single day my family touched more lives than we will ever know. That is what this is all about. Please join our efforts this year. For more information, please contact Nicole Love at 770-995-3339.

For more information or to sign up for a project, visit: www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org