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Hands Across Rockdale volunteers, sponsors needed for day of service
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Rockdale Magnet School student Jaire Duncan and Dennis Russell work on fixing up the Lakeview Community Church in the 2013 Hands Across Rockdale

Hands Across Rockdale, a Leadership Rockdale initiative for community-wide service, is preparing for its third annual day of service on April 19, 8 a.m. to noon. The organization is seeking volunteers, projects and monetary sponsorships for the event.

Last year, the event drew more than 450 volunteers, with 30-plus projects accomplished.  

HAR is again seeking projects for the day of service. Potential projects can benefit schools, nonprofit organizations or government agencies. Projects should be able to be completed during the four-hour service period and cannot take place on private property or involve indoor painting. Projects can be submitted at 

HAR is also seeking volunteers. This year, volunteers will be able to choose their service projects based on the individual needs of different projects. Projects include everything from yard work to construction projects to window washing. Children must be supervised by adults. Interested volunteers can sign up starting March 1 at

HAR is also seeking sponsors to help fund the materials and repair costs of projects; the fundraising goal is $15,000. 

HAR co-chair Marcie Howington said, “Every dollar goes toward making this day a success. Sponsor funds are specifically used for project supplies and for the T-shirts, which are awarded to volunteers upon project completion.” For more information on becoming a sponsor, visit

Another way to help fund the project is to Visit CiCi’s Pizza on Monday, Feb. 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; a percentage of the night's profits go to HAR.