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Make-A-Wish® Volunteers Needed!

You can share the power of a wishby becoming a volunteer with Make-A-Wish Georgia.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  There are nearly 400 children waiting for their wishes to be granted in Georgia and volunteers are needed to create, design, and implement these wishes alongside our staff members serving as their coaches.

We are specifically looking for new volunteers in Gainesville, Ga and surrounding areas to help local children who are waiting for their most heartfelt wish to be granted.

Get Trained as a Make-A-Wish Volunteer! 

What: Wish Granting Volunteer training – specifically for volunteers interested in becoming Wish Granters and working directly with our children and their families

When: July 31st from 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Where: Brenau University

**Wish Granting volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and complete a background check prior to beginning volunteering.**  

Register to attend: Pre-registration is REQUIRED in order to attend and initial paperwork will be asked to be completed prior to your training session. You may register until 12:00 noon on July 27th by contacting Kym Benjamin, Volunteer Manager at or 770.916.9474 x14.

At the trainings, interested parties will learn about Make-A-Wish® and how we grant wishes. Once trained, volunteers have the opportunity to make a special wish, such as a trip to Disney World, a shopping spree or an opportunity to become a police officer come true. •.888.517.9474 •


GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces Awards of $359,782 to the Northeast Georgia Region from Georgia Transportation Enhancement (GATEway) Grants. Statewide $1,346,000 was awarded to 43 Local Government Entities.

The GATEway Grant Program assists communities in their efforts to beautify roadsides along state routes. The mission of the GATEway Grant Program is to provide funding for roadside enhancement and beautification projects along Georgia’s roadsides.

  • The City of Bowman in Elbert County received $40,026 for State Route 172.
  • Dawson County received $46,690 for State Route 400.
  • The City of Demorest in Habersham County received $26,030 State Route 365.
  • The City of Duluth in Gwinnett County received $50,000 for State Route 13.
  • The City of Gainesville in Hall County received $48,836 for I-985 at Exit 20.
  • Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville received $50,000 for State Route 316.
  • Lumpkin County received $48,200 for State Route 400.
  • The City of Peachtree Corners received $50,000 for State Route 141.

The awards were made from applications submitted to Georgia DOT earlier this year. Funding for the grants comes from contributory value fees paid by outdoor advertising companies to the Department for vegetation removal at outdoor advertising signs.

The Georgia DOT Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council will review the applications. Local government entities that are awarded a grant will be reimbursed for their costs for plant material and its installation for their enhancement projects at significant entrances on Georgia DOT rights of way – up to $ 50,000.00.  Funds are limited.  However, if a local government entity is not awarded a grant in the first round, its application might still be eligible for a second round of awards later in the year.

GATEway Grants are funded through the Georgia DOT GATEway Program by revenues from permits for Vegetation Management at Outdoor Advertising Signs.  The Program’s mission is to provide funding for roadside enhancement and assist communities in their efforts to beautify roadsides along Georgia’s state routes.

For additional information about GATEway Grants and print out applications at the GDOT GATEway Grant web site – .

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