Great Places to Volunteer in Cherokee County
Heather French Henry said, “Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” So, if you desire to help or make a difference in the Cherokee County community, we salute you for generously giving your time and expertise.
Here are some organizations in the Woodstock and surrounding area that are frequently in need of volunteers. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, but will serve as a starting point for you.
The Cherokee County Senior Center is located at 1001 Univeter Road in Canton. It provides educational, social, leisure and recreational activities for senior citizens. Additional services offered by this nonprofit center include respite care, volunteer transportation services and home-delivered meals.
Volunteer opportunities abound, with drivers needed to help deliver meals to homebound seniors via the Meals-On-Wheels program. You can volunteer as little as 3 hours per week delivering meals. Senior Services is looking for compassionate volunteers to help with the Volunteer Driver Program. Many seniors in our community are unable to drive themselves to needed appointments and errands. The program provides trips to the grocery store, bank, post office, doctor appointments, etc. Schedules are set to accommodate the volunteer's availability with trips typically last 2 -3 hours.
And because the Christmas holiday season will be here before we know it, Ursula & Associates wanted to mention the center’s Adopt-A-Senior Program. Each December volunteer “elves” contact seniors in Cherokee County to determine essential items they may need. Simple requests of a gown, socks, a nice throw, etc. are the norm. Seniors are then matched up with volunteers who generously purchase the items requested.
Founded by Lynne Saunders, Papa’s Pantry is a Christian assistance program.With locations in Woodstock and Canton, check out their website’s long list of volunteer needs, from fundraising to pantry attendant. There’s also a button to donate online.
A long time established charity in Cobb County, MUST has expanded into Cherokee County with a location at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton (just off the Hwy. 20 westbound exit and across from the main branch of the Sequoyah Library system. The Canton location offers classes and a computer lab. Both are staffed with volunteers.
Located in Canton on Univeter Road, the shelter has several needs for volunteers, from foster families to on-site volunteer workers. They even have a volunteer program for kids—the Read to Me Program. It’s a great way to get your children started early with giving back.
The Cherokee Family Violence Center’s Volunteer Program consists of individuals and groups from within the local community, focused on helping victims of Domestic Violence. The volunteer program allows groups and individuals the opportunity to work directly or indirectly with domestic violence victims. Visit the website for a varied list of volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers are a vital part of the WellStar healthcare team. They provide essential support to hospital staff and offering caring service to patients and their families. Whether it’s staffing the information desk, working in the hospital gift shop or assisting the nursing staff, your time being a hospital volunteer will not go to waste.
Don’t see quite what you’re looking for in this blog? Then check out the Cherokee FOCUS website which has an in-depth list of more than three dozen area volunteer activities.
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