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Thousands to Participate in Hands On Atlanta Day

ATLANTA -- More than 10,000 people, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, will join together on Saturday, Oct. 2 for the 20th anniversary of Hands On Atlanta Day, one of the largest days of service in the country.

The volunteers will participate in more than 100 different service projects around the city, including cleaning up neighborhood parks, collecting trash in local communities, planting flowers at area schools, organizing food bank pantries, various painting projects and more.

"We are humbled by Atlanta's unwavering commitment to volunteer service and financial contributions from our supporters over the past 20 years," said Gina Simpson, president of Hands On Atlanta. "Hands On Atlanta honors these volunteers and reminds the community that, while we have done great work, there is much left to do."

Hands On Atlanta Day 2010 will start with an 8:30 a.m. VIP Breakfast at Piedmont Park's Magnolia Hall (400 Park Drive, Atlanta, 30306) hosted by Mayor Reed, where Hands On Atlanta founders will discuss how the organization was started and grew to become the modern model for community service. Mayor Reed and Simpson will be joined by CEOs from 20 of Atlanta's largest companies, who are actively participating in Hands On Atlanta Day.

Also, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 350 volunteers from GE will build an outdoor learning center at Sequoyah Middle School (3456 Aztec Road, Doraville, 30340) that will provide the school's 900 students with a shaded trout hatchery, wind turbine, greenhouse, compost bins and aquatic learning pond for year-round science and health projects. This project supports GE's Ecomagination campaign commitment to invest in innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Service opportunities and more information can be found at the Hands On Atlanta Day website.