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Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day this Saturday
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Staff / Nathan Self<br>
From left, Leadership Sandy Springs members June Carlson, Renee North, Dawn Reed and Graham McDonald gear up for the 11th annual Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day to help clean up at different sites around the city.
Staff / Nathan Self
From left, Leadership Sandy Springs members June Carlson, Renee North, Dawn Reed and Graham McDonald gear up for the 11th annual Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day to help clean up at different sites around the city.
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Staff / Nathan Self<br>
Dawn Reed ties a banner to the fence at Hammond Park to get the word out about Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day.
Staff / Nathan Self
Dawn Reed ties a banner to the fence at Hammond Park to get the word out about Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day.
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For Renee North, one of the key components to Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day is building relationships.

Leadership Sandy Springs is hosting the 11th annual event Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“For me, the reason I got involved is anything that connects the community makes it stronger,” said North, the event’s project manager and a member of Leadership’s Class of 2013. “Leadership Sandy Springs pulls together hundreds of people for the common goal of doing something good for the local nonprofits and schools, really the institutions in this city that are serving a great number of people, whether it’s our kids or after-school programs, or people with needs such as the Community Assistance Center, you name it.

“I also work with another organization in the community, the [city’s] Community Emergency Response Team, which helps with the emergency services. I love working with organizations that pull the community together. It’s so common for people to live years and years in a community and not know the person next door. Events like this help us focus on getting to know the people in the community, looking them in the eye, holding the door for them. … The offshoot of that is you have the opportunity to meet great people that are like-minded. What better way to meet those people than at an event like this?”

The day will begin at North Springs High School, where volunteers can register, eat breakfast and receive a thank-you speech from Mayor Eva Galambos. From there, they will disperse to 23 different sites around Sandy Springs to do work such as landscaping, painting, carpentry and cleaning.

As of Thursday, Leadership had signed up about 280 volunteers, said June Carlson, a member of its Class of 2013 and the event’s public relations chair and volunteer recruiter.

North said the organization hopes to sign up at least 100 more, and the first 500 volunteers to register will receive a free event T-shirt. Each year Leadership contacts the city’s nonprofits and schools to find out if they have any needs for service projects.

“We think it’s very important because as being a member of the Leadership Sandy Springs class, our goal is to learn about all the organizations in our community — nonprofits, schools, government — so this is really good way to connect the people in Sandy Springs to these schools and nonprofits and other people and to build awareness around who’s out there and what their needs are,” Carlson said. “It’s a lot of fun, too.”

North said, “I believe in the first 10 years, this event has contributed over $310,000 worth of improvements to nonprofits and schools in terms of hours, materials and labor. That’s pretty phenomenal.”

If you go:

o What: Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day

o When: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o Where: starts at North Springs High School, 7447 Roswell Road

o Information and registration: email vbss@leadershipsandysprings.org or visit www.leadershipsandysprings.org
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