What began as a dream to serve has ultimately helped thousands in need. The Voluntary Action Center (VAC) was founded as Hand-up in 1970 by a group of local citizens, who recognized the presence of needs going unmet, in this community.
When Hand-up first started it operated under the welfare system of Gordon County. The Calhoun Women's Club was instrumental in helping establish the initial programs and services offered.
In early 1970 a Board of Directors, consisting of non-compensated volunteers, was formed to establish and oversee the financial obligations, of the organization. The Board of Directors was also charged with establishing and monitoring the policies and procedures, pertaining to finances and programs. The VAC is still governed by a Board of Directors, who are elected and serve under the By-Law of the organization.
The first officers for Hand-up Inc, were elected on April 27, 1971:
On June 19, 1971 Hand-up was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Private Non-Profit Corporation under the name of Hand-Up, Inc. In January of 1972 Faye Rogers became the agency's first Executive Director.
Hand-Up, Inc. began doing business as Voluntary Action Center within the newly implemented National Center for Voluntary Action in 1972. Even though the National Center for Voluntary Action dissolved in 1979, our Voluntary Action Center decided to continue operating as an independent agency, continuing to provide much needed programs and services.
Today we are still Hand-Up, Inc. but are simply known as the VAC. We have continued to be a staple in the Gordon County community providing emergency services to help individuals and families obtain the most essential of all human services.
The commitment to service set forth by our founding members is still alive and well today.
Lori Rosen 2009-2010
Erin Conaway 2005-2009
Tina Lopez 2005
Linda Sainato 1995-2005
Cathy Talley 1988-1995
Betty Long 1988
Melody McEntyre 1981-1988
Jerre Lynn Joyner 1975-1981
Beth Bennett 1972-1974
Faye Rogers 1972
|Margaret "Mac" Walters||1971-2005|
343 South Wall St. PO BOX 631
Calhoun, GA 30701 Calhoun, Ga 30703