Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
September 28, 2006
Albany -- Governor Sonny Purdue is challenging you to serve and volunteer in your community starting tommorow. "Hands on Georgia Week" goes from September 30th through October 7th.
It's a push by the governor to get people out of their homes and into volunteerism. The governor says that volunteers help shape an educated, healthy, and safe state of Georgia.
Volunteers I spoke with say helping achieve those goals is very gratifying.
Three days a week YMCA volunteer soccer coach Robert Paige reaches out to young ball players.
"It brings a joy to me to just be able to come out here play the game that I love, playing soccer, and then to be playing it with the next generation, the youth of tommorow," said Robert Paige.
Like any other college student Paige has other commitments in life such as a part-time job and schoolwork. But his current game plan includes giving back to his community.
It's volunteer work like this that the United Way's Volunteer Albany organization looks to fill.
"Volunteers will come to our office and actually submit a resume or fill out an application, just like they were applying for a job," said Wayne Mehearg.
But they don't get a job, they are assigned to volunteer with a particular civic, non-profit, church or government group.
"You've got volunteers who want to give up their time, give something to the community, but they don't have any partcular program in their mind so they come to us," said Wayne Mehearg.
Those volunteers are matched with volunteer work in their area of expertise, and when volunteers are matched with work they enjoy...
"It's just to experience that wonderful feeling that you're giving back to your community," said Nathan Crider.
Volunteer Coach Nathan Crider says impacting young people in soccer is how he gives back. Others volunteers say it's a matter of finding something you get a kick out of.
"You can volunteer whatever you like doing if you like picking up trash, if it's fun for you, it's not volunteer work," said Robert Paige.
Coach Paige says his volunteer work positively impacts the community, and he hopes it will impact the future too.
Governor Purdue's "Hands on Georgia Week" encourages Georgians to get into literacy programs, outdoor cleanup, and civic services.
Volunteer Albany can place volunteers into 119 different groups. To find a place where you can volunteer, call the organization at 883-6700.