our Board

Kathy Butler
Food Pantry Assistant

Amberle Dillard, CASA/Gordon Juvenille Court

Melissa Vinson, (Treasurer) Mohawk

organization History

Walter Printup, Retired USPS

Cheryl Parrott, Retired Nurse

Carissa Stone
Case Manager

Jerry Adair, Trinity Baptist Church

our team

Japhia Layman, Shaw Industries

Melissa Kirby, Georgia Northwestern Tech. College

Adrian Lyles, ( Vice Chair) Lyles Wealth Mgmt.

Suzanne Roberts, (Secretary) City of Calhoun

Reeve Wall, AdventHealth Gordon

Kyle Smith, Retired Educator

SaBess Moore
Financial Assistant

Executive Director

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." --Gandhi

Below is a brief history of our organization which focuses on the programs and services which are still operating today.


2021 - Dinner meal program is expanded to include meal services Monday-Thursday. 


2020 - VAC begins serving dinner meals in the Community Kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 


2016 - VAC was awarded the 2016 Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) Sterling Achievement Award for Homeless Outreach.  This is one of only five National Awards presented by the COSCDA annually. 


2014- VAC opens Training Room, Laundry and Shower Facilities and expands Kitchen program to serve meals Monday-Friday.  VAC holds first annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser.


2012- VAC receives $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to expand programs and renovate existing buildings.


2011- VAC serves first hot meal on June 8, in the Community Kitchen.  VAC reinstates Volunteer Awards Banquet.  The Bridge Homeless Outreach program moved to the VAC.


2007 - VAC helped establish Gordon County Community Services Network which utilizes Charity Tracker for services tracking across the county.


1998 - VAC moves to current location at 343 South Wall Street.


1991 - VAC moves to North 41 location.


1987- VAC moves to Pine Street location.


1975 - VAC began providing Christmas to kids living in Gordon County.  Began operating food pantry.


1973 - VAC began providing emergency programs for low income individuals and families such as rent/mortgage and utility assistance.


1972 - VAC became a community clearing house for volunteers and funding.  Thrift Store was opened to fund the organization.  VAC began receiving donations from the Community Chest which became United Way of Gordon County.


1971 - Hand-Up, Inc. was founded and began operating as Voluntary Action Center (VAC).  Opens facility on College Street.


Stacey Smith, North Georgia National Bank

Cheryl Johannsen, Randstad

Kristy Brown, Greater Community Bank

John Leggett, John C. Leggett PC

Sarah Layson, CVS Pharmacy

The heart of this community has proven time and again that care and compassion have no measure.  It's an honor to witness the outpouring of support and love which is shown to those in need through the work and compassion of others.  

         Stacy Long

Marcy Quijada, Truist Mortgage

Ashley Lindsay
Donation Area Manager

Kim Fraker, Gordon County Schools

Reba Moss
Kitchen Manager

​Voluntary Action Center

Tiffany Johnson

Daniel Argueta

John Evans

Shianne Gilbert

Thrift Store Associates

The Heart of a Caring Community

Will Harrison, (Vice Chair) Mannington