Jessie Gaytan, Calhoun Schools

Tiffany Johnson

Daniel Argueta

John Evans

Shianne Gilbert

Emma Long
Thrift Store Associates

Melissa Vinson, (Treasurer) Mohawk

Reba Moss
Kitchen Manager

Cameron Taylor, Mohawk

our team

organization History

Kristy Brown, Greater Community Bank

Walter Printup, Retired USPS

Cheryl Parrott, Retired Nurse

Kyle Smith, Retired Educator

Carissa Stone
Case Manager

Executive Director

Sarah Layson, CVS Pharmacy

Melissa Kirby, Georgia Northwestern Tech. College

Adrian Lyles, ( Vice Chair) Lyles Wealth Mgmt.

Japhia Layman, Shaw Industries

our Board

Amberle Dillard, CASA/Gordon Juvenille Court

Cheryl Johannsen, Randstad

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


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

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

​Voluntary Action Center

Will Harrison, (Vice Chair) Mannington

SaBess Moore
Financial Assistant

Suzanne Roberts, (Secretary) City of Calhoun

Ashley Lindsay
Donation Area Manager

Kim Fraker, Gordon County Schools

Reeve Wall, AdventHealth Gordon

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

The Heart of a Caring Community

John Leggett, John C. Leggett PC