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United Way gets ready for Hands On projects
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SAVANNAH — United Way’s Hands On Savannah announces community service projects that address local needs as well as meet the desired interests of volunteers. Projects will include environmental clean ups, building bike paths, Brown Bag, landscaping projects and more.

The service projects coincides with Hands On Georgia week (Sept. 27-Oct. 4), which plans to have 159 counties in Georgia participating in volunteer service projects across the state.

Hands On Savannah is an outreach program of the United Way of the Coastal Empire whose purpose is to unite and motivate people into active volunteer service that impacts community needs through a variety of short term, hands on projects and also offer long term volunteering opportunities.

Hands On Savannah is a member of the Hands On Georgia network that provides assistance and networking opportunities to their affiliates across the state.

Hands On Georgia is modeled after the national Points of Light and Hands On Network Organization.  Other Hands On Georgia affiliates include: Hands On Atlanta, Hands On Columbus and Volunteer Macon.

Hands on volunteer service projects will take place in the Savannah area as well as Bryan, Effingham and Liberty counties. Projects include:

Sept. 27
Public Land Day
Fort Pulaski National Park

8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Highway 80 East
Painting bridge, planting trees and mulching/clearing biking trail
T-shirts, annual pass to park, refreshments, lunch and games

Sept.  27
Beach Sweep
Tybee Beautification

9:30 a.m.–noon
Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion
Lunch and T-shirts provided to volunteers; parking passes
Unlimited volunteers needed

Sept.  27
Oatland Island
Medieval Festival

Location Islands Expressway
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Volunteers assist with all aspects of the festival including manning the concession stand, crafts and games with children and the extremely important task of directing parking. Volunteers generally work three hour shifts: 9:30-12:30, 12-3 and 2:30-5. 
20-40 volunteers needed

Sept.  30
Bryan County
Head Start Heroes

10 a.m.-noon
Reading with preschool children books provided

Oct. 1
Effingham County Service Project

9 a.m.–noon
20 volunteers needed

Oct. 2
Hospice Savannah

9:30 a.m.-noon
Gardening project for Full Circle Memorial Garden
5-10 volunteers
Snacks and T-shirts provided

Oct. 4
America’s Second Harvest Food Bank

Sort and shelve canned goods
9 a.m.-noon
10-30 volunteers
Snacks and T-shirts provided

Oct. 4
Habitat For Humanity

9 a.m.–noon
Snacks and T-shirts provided

Pillow Pals Project

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 
Unlimited participation

Call (912) 651-7726 or go to – click on special events or project calendar to sign up online.