Date: 3-30-07

HCC’s Volunteers Seek Community Volunteers to Join Club

The Volunteers Club of Haywood Community College will sponsor a roadside clean-up on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the mill pond on the HCC campus. The Volunteers Club, whose members currently are mostly HCC students, faculty and staff, invites the community to come help with the clean-up. Membership in the Volunteers Club is not limited to HCC people; it is open to anyone who has a willingness to devote some time and energy to helping out with the club’s many civic minded projects. A person must be 16 years of age or older to join.

In the morning, while the clean-up is taking place, the college will sponsor a “catch clinic” for children ages 3 and up. HCC instructors will provide adult supervision at the clinic. A free picnic lunch will also be provided with live entertainment by Bob Pinkston.

Founded by two HCC students, Jay Moose and Robert Edwards, the Volunteers Club originally started out doing volunteer trail maintenance for the park service. Over the last few years the club has expanded its focus to include other projects. The club has adopted a trail and campsite in Cataloochee, helped with the Big Sweep creek and river clean-up, has planted flower gardens for area elementary schools and has made donations to establish a scholarship fund.

The Club was recently honored by the Commission for a Clean County when it received a Community Pride Award for 2006.

For more information about the Volunteers Club or the roadside clean-up, you may contact club advisors Jan Camp at 627-4580 or 648-4884 or Pete Kennedy at 565-4219. Michael Blanton, the current club president may also be reached at 828-446-4132.