Voluntary Action Center
The Heart of a Caring Community
Walter Printup, Retired USPS
Cheryl Parrott, Retired Nurse
Gay Little, (Chair Person) Shaw Industries
"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.
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.
Donation Area Manager
Dotti Payne, Gordon County Fire
Kim Holland, The Rusty Zipper
John Leggett, John C. Leggett PC
Sarah Layson, CVS Pharmacy
Kyle Smith, Retired Educator
Suzanne Roberts, Calhoun DDA
Will Harrison, (Vice Chair) Mannington
Stacey Smith, (Treasurer) Northside Bank
Donald Bowen, AdventHealth Gordon
Eve Brown, AdventHealth Gordon
Facilities and Program Coordinator
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.
Jessie Gaytan, Calhoun Schools
Thrift Store Associates
Melissa Vinson, (Secretary) Mohawk
Cameron Taylor, Mohawk
Kristy Brown, Greater Community Bank