Volunteers needed during Days of Service

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - United Way Hands On Savannah is highlighting projects for those interested in volunteering during the Days of Service, which runs from Sept. 18 through Oct. 2.

Projects include an environmental cleanup, building bike paths, landscaping projects and more. They coincide with Hands On Network week of service, which runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2.

Every year, United Way Hands On Savannah teams up with community partners to involve more than 2,000 volunteers in the Week of Service. This year, Hands On Savannah expanded the service projects into Days of Service, to reflect over a week-long commitment of volunteering.

Hands On Savannah, an outreach program of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, aims to unite and motivate people into volunteering.

According to a United Way press release, this year's Hands On volunteer service projects include: Sept. 18 -- Beach Sweep: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Tybee Island South Strand, Pier and Pavilion. T-shirts and snacks provided. Groups of 10 or more must pre-register at www.handsonsavannah.org.

Sept. 25 -- Fort Pulaski National Monument: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.). Location: Highway 80 East.  T-shirts, continental breakfast will be served during registration and lunch will be provided. Projects include clearing vegetation, marsh cleanup, install sustainable lumber land-bridges along the Cockspur Lighthouse and Overlook Trail, paint casemate doors, general cleanup of the Fort to help improve public use areas within the park. Volunteers should be prepared to work outdoors.  Sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing, gloves, insect repellant and a hat are recommended. Some tools and gloves will be provided, however, if you have your own it is recommended to bring them. Unlimited volunteers needed.

Sept. 28 -- America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: 2501 E. President St. Snacks and T-shirts will be provided. Spend a special morning of packaging boxes of non-perishable food items. Three hundred boxes will be distributed in conjunction with the Howard Dental free dental clinic.

Sept. 30 -- West Broad Street YMCA Projects: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: 1110 May St. T-shirts and snacks will be provided. Projects include: removing palm trees from soccer field and relocating to front, planting trees/shrubs, paving new pathways and more. There will be a ceremony to announce the City of Savannah's "Cities of Service" initiative by the City's Chief Service Officer Dr. Connie S. Cooper. The Honorable Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson will address the public on the city's commitment to volunteerism.

Oct. 2 -- Poverty Simulation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by Step Up Savannah.  Registration required at www.handsonsavannah.org or 651.7725.  Volunteers are needed to participate in the Poverty Simulation as a family member seeking assistance and experiencing poverty.  Volunteers are also needed to assume the role of members from the community in which participants are seeking a service from. The roles include landlord, grocer, bank/loan officer, social service provider, a police officer, and others. Setup, training, and discussion are included in total hours needed of three to four.

Sept. to Oct. -- Pillion Pals Project for volunteers in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. Fill pillow cases with age appropriate items to be donated to agencies for distribution to children going into foster care.  Call 912.651.7726 for more information. Unlimited participation.

For more information on any of these service projects go to www.handsonsavannah.org and select Special Events or Project Calendar to sign up.

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