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Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day set
by Bobby Tedder
April 23, 2014 12:37 PM | 2774 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Leadership Sandy Springs classmates Steve Soteres, Allan Hamer and Carrie Bellware discuss the landscaping project at Dorothy Benson Senior Center.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Leadership Sandy Springs classmates Steve Soteres, Allan Hamer and Carrie Bellware discuss the landscaping project at Dorothy Benson Senior Center.
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For those working on the front lines, Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day is a testament to those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty for the preservation and uplift of community.

Billed as a fun day of hands-on service, the 12th annual initiative — orchestrated by Leadership Sandy Springs’ Class of 2014 — is set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to participate.

“It’s just a huge opportunity for the community members  in Sandy Springs to be able to not only learn a little bit more about some of the nonprofits [here], but also give back to Sandy Springs,” said Leadership member Steve Soteres.

The campaign typically draws a crowd of about 500 who will be dispatched to 18 sites this year including parks, schools and nonprofits. Volunteers assist with everything from landscaping to painting, carpentry and cleanup projects in the name of sustainable progress.

Organizers said past efforts helmed by Leadership classes have been credited with engendering nearly $400,000 in citywide improvements.

To hear those involved tell it, everyone has a job to do in advance and during the actual endeavor.

Case-in-point: Soteres, vice president of Choate Construction by day, will serve as the undisputed “tool guy” for the day. Leadership 2014 classmate Carrie Bellware, executive director of Senior Services North Fulton, was tasked with recruitment.

“There’s a lot of excitement about this day,” said Bellware. “I think people really care about the Sandy Springs community and they care about organizations that serve the community.

“[Volunteers] are coming in droves — families, corporate groups and civic groups. … It’s really very exciting.”

Designated work sites this year run the gamut: Big Trees Forest Preserve, the Community Assistance Center, the Sandy Springs Library and Ison Springs Elementary School, to name a few.

Volunteers are scheduled to rally over breakfast at North Springs Charter High School at 8 a.m. on the day of the event. They will also be privy to a welcome address by Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

“It’s going to be 65 degrees out — we’re looking at a nice, sunny day,” said Soteres. “[The volunteer day] is just going to be a great opportunity.”

For more information, visit www.leadershipsandysprings.org.
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