Thomasville Landmarks’ Annual Community Preservation Program, renamed Operation C.A.R.E. for Community Assisting Restoration Efforts, is dedicated to assisting economically and physically disadvantaged homeowners with restoration of their homes. The goal is eliminate unsafe conditions while preserving homes that contribute to the historic legacy of our community.
2009 Volunteer Days took place on September 18 & 19 and September 26, which was also Hands On Thomas County Day.
For our 13th year, we focused all our efforts on one house for one deserving family. Thanks to everyone who helped give this home an extreme makeover!
For 2010, sign up your church, business or school group and make it a teamwork-building activity. Contact our office for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What can I do?
A: Volunteer on workdays! Contact our office to get involved.
Q: Do I need skills?
A: Since most of the work must be done on ladders or scaffolding, we especially need volunteers who are willing to climb and paint. There are other jobs that don’t require climbing: staffing the supply table, keeping brushes clean and neat, cleaning up around the site, and generally keeping volunteers busy.
Q: Do I need to bring anything?
A: Wear clothing that you don’t mind throwing away and leave jewelry at home. Bring brushes and ladders if possible. We will supply latex gloves and rags, plus clean up supplies.
Q: What if I can’t work any of the scheduled work days?
A: Call to let us know you are available. We will add you to our volunteer call list for future work days.
Q: Why is this program important?
A: The program invites the community to become involved in restoration efforts through sponsorship or volunteerism. It helps disadvantaged homeowners and gives back to the community by preserving parts of our architectural heritage. If you know someone who needs help: Application for Operation C.A.R.E.
Ask them to return the application us at PO Box 1285, Thomasville, GA 31799.
Q: Who are your sponsors and partners?
A: Major funding is provided by the Lewis Hall and Mildred Sasser Singletary Foundation. Other major sponsors include Thomas County Federal Savings & Loan, Commercial Bank, the City of Thomasville, and several anonymous donors.
Landmarks partners with Habitat for Humanity and the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council. Habitat for Humanity is responsible for major interior renovations, including new kitchens and baths, foundation work, and other details. The Community Action Council provides everything that is needed to help the homeowner lower their utility bills. CEO Myrtis Mulkey-Ndawula helped make the partnership possible due to her belief in the goals of our program.