The following is an appeal from the Hands on Jackson Advisory Committee.

Dear Jackson County, 

We hope you will support the 4th Annual Hands on Jackson event scheduled for October 6, 2022.  For the previous three events, the community supported this effort in a big way completing a total of 35 projects with the help of nearly 200 volunteers each year.  Our hope is to have similar impact this year but we need your help.  This event is organized by the Hands on Jackson Advisory Committee which is comprised of human service agencies, volunteers, and businesses.

This collaboration is focused on providing assistance to neighbors in need through mobilizing community volunteer teams of all skill levels and matching them with needs.  Jobs will range from building ramps to cleaning yards, windows, and gutters. Supplies will be provided to the teams in advance and will be purchased through sponsorships.  A kick off breakfast sponsored by Duke Energy will start that morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Sylva First Baptist Mission and Fellowship Center before the teams report to their assigned jobs.

Volunteer teams, sponsorships, and projects are needed for this upcoming event.  If you know of someone in your community that needs help please fill out the project sheet attached.  Hands on Jackson is looking for team leaders now so if you belong to a group, club, church or business you can organize a volunteer team.  To volunteer with a group or as an individual please complete the attached volunteer application.  Sponsorships are also needed.  We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our effort and join our list of sponsors. Last year, we have raised over $20,000 to help with unmet needs in Jackson County.

If you need additional information on the event, you can contact Eddie Wells at the Jackson County Department on Aging.  For information on volunteering please contact John Chicoine at Mountain Projects, Inc.  United and together we can make a difference in our community! 

Sincerely, 

Hand on Jackson Advisory Committee