​Voluntary Action Center

The Heart of a Caring Community


In 2019 our volunteers provided 11,059 hours of service in our Community Kitchen, Food Pantry, Thrift Store, Donation Area, and through our food drive and Christmas Programs.

volunteers needed

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen needs volunteers from 8:30AM to 1:30PM Monday-Friday

     8:30AM to 11:00AM MEAL PREPARATION

     11:00AM to 12:30PM MEAL SERVICE

     12:30PM to 1:30PM CLEANUP

Food Pantry

Food Pantry needs volunteers to help distribute food and keep pantry organized.  Volunteers are needed from 9AM to 2PM Monday-Friday.

Thrift Store

Thrift Store needs volunteers to help with pricing and placement of merchandise Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM.

how to volunteer

First--Complete a volunteer application in person at the VAC at 343 South Wall Street or email your completed application to (CLICK FOR APPLICATION) info@voluntaryactioncenter.org

Volunteers must be 16 or older to volunteer without a parent/guardian present.  Volunteers age 6 and older are welcome to volunteer with an accompanying parent/guardian.  

Second--Contact the VAC at 706-629-7283 to find out what opportunities are available for you.

Third--Find your passion and make a difference. 
                    See our Volunteers in Action.


make a difference

Sometimes just offering a person a kind word and a smile can change their life forever.  Volunteering at the VAC gives you the opportunity to provide hot meals and nutritional support for our neighbors in need.  

receive community service credit

If you need to complete community service for your school or other organization, we maintain records and provide referral letters.

gain job experience

If you're never worked a job or need experience to qualify for a new job you can gain experience here.  Our thrift store provides retail experience and our Community Kitchen provides food service experience.

store sales

We offer great prices every day, but we still provide opportunities to save even more.  

We use a colored tag pricing system which allows us to discount colored tags in our store.  Every time you shop you can find 25%, 50%, and 75% off on specific colored tags.


To find out about our special sales join our newsletter mailing list by JOINING THE LIST.

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store hours

Monday-saturday 9am-5pm

How to donate

Because the VAC is a 501c3 all donations are tax deductible.  Donate with confidence after reviewing our GuideStar Profile.  

Monetary Donations
  • Accepted via cash, check or credit in person at 343 S. Wall ST.  
  • Donate with PayPal (DONATE NOW)
  • Mail at PO BOX 631, Calhoun, GA 30703. 

call the store


shop at the vac

Our thrift store is our #1 source of income.  By shopping you get great deals and provide income, so Gordon County residents have access to food and emergency resources.

donate items for our thrift store

We accept donations for our thrift store Monday-Saturday from 9AM to 5PM.  There are some items we cannot accepted.

Review our Thrift Store Donations for information about items needed and items we cannot accept.  

Donate to our Food Pantry

We accept donations of most food items but especially need the following:

  • Canned Food Items

  • Peanut Butter

  • Canned Soups and Pasta

  • Canned Meats

  • Cereal

  • Boxed Pasta and Macaroni

  • Instant and Canned Potatoes

  • Hamburger Helper

  • Crackers

  • Evaporated Milk

Donate to our Community Kitchen
  • Styrofoam Plates

  • Styrofoam or Plastic Cups

  • Plastic Forks and Spoons

  • Napkins

  • Butter and Sour Cream

  • Cheese

  • Cooking Oil

  • Coffee and Tea

Shop and Donate


We need monetary donations, but you can also support our organization by donating food items, kitchen items, and gently used items for our thrift store.  All donations help make a difference.