Thomas Co. nonprofit organizations receiving extra help

Thomas Co. nonprofit organizations receiving extra help
Students volunteering at nonprofits

THOMAS CO., Ga. (WALB) - Ten nonprofit organizations in Thomas County are getting a little extra help.

No task is too small or unique for the dozens of Thomas County middle schoolers eager to give back to their community.

Johnny Bradshaw said his favorite part was socializing and reading to the cats at Miss Kitty’s.

“Going to Miss Kitty’s where we are now and reading the books to the little kittens and see what they do when you start reading," Bradshaw said.

Johnny Bradshaw, Project IMPACT volunteer (Source: WALB)
Johnny Bradshaw, Project IMPACT volunteer (Source: WALB)

Angela Kiminas, Hands on Thomas County executive director, said excitement is crucial in whether they’ll continue to volunteer as they get older.

“We want the kids to learn about what they can do now and see that they can do these things now," Kiminas said. “But we also want them to find something that they’re really passionate about and then we want them to carry through with that.”

That's why this Project IMPACT camp is designed for middle schoolers.

“You want to start with the kids,” Kiminas said. “The kids are where it’s at. The kids are the future.”

Angela Kiminsa, Executive Director for Hands on Thomas County (Source: WALB)
Angela Kiminsa, Executive Director for Hands on Thomas County (Source: WALB)

Jennifer Martin, another camper, said she believes her older self will appreciate that she participated.

“I like going to new places and experiencing new things and helping people," Martin said.

“Learn about the different things that are going on in our community. The different needs that we have and how they can be a part of help it,” said Kiminas.

Kiminas hopes the kids will continue to volunteer and help better their community even after this camps ends.

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