Believing in change with helping hands
Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer
This year’s Make a Difference Day on campus involved five major events: Habitat for Humanity’s project on Kerby Road in Young Harris, the Corn Creek Clean-up on campus, the planting of an herb garden in front of the dining hall, volunteer work at the humane society in Blairsville and helping out with the S.A.F.E. organization’s poker run at North Georgia Technical College.
One of the leaders of the Habitat for Humanity project was Paula Padgett, who has been working with the Habitat for Humanity organization for three years.
“It’s a good way to help people who can’t quite qualify for a bank mortgage, but who are hard-working people and they deserve a house,” said Padgett.
This is a dream come true-something I never thought would happen,” said Denise Guffey, a future owner of a Habitat house. Denise and Gary Guffey are the couple who are to receive the house. Throughout the day, the couple worked alongside the Young Harris students and faculty, as well as other hard-working volunteers like Paula Padgett. It’s like a new beginning,” Guffey said. “One miracle after another.”
On campus, the community service continued as students and teachers participated in the Corn Creek Clean-up. Volunteers picked up trash and cleared non-native plants from the area by the creek behind Hillgrove.
Across campus, more Young Harris College volunteers worked with UMAR, a non-profit organization that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to beautify the campus by planting flowers and beginning an herb garden. Allen Clark, who manages the dining hall on campus, said they will be using the herbs from the herb garden in the dining hall.
Clark added, “We will have fresh herbs that we will be able to use to season the food, so that we can lower the salt and oil content.”
Another option for YHC volunteers was helping out at the Humane Society in Blairsville. Students had the opportunity to help out with a number of activities, from cleaning the kennels to walking the dogs. And, volunteers also had the option to help at North Georgia Technical College. There, YHC volunteers assisted in S.A.F.E.’s annual poker run, which serves as one of their largest fundraisers. S.A.F.E is a area organization that provides support and shelter for victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual abuse in Towns and Union Counties.
Each organization made a point to thank the YHC student and faculty volunteers. Make a Difference Day allowed volunteers to make a difference in the local community, whether it was cleaning out kennels, or cleaning out Corn Creek, YHC volunteers learned what it is to make a difference.