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Team Grovetown aims to reunite city through volunteering

Posted: November 29, 2017 - 1:38am
Grovetown Department of Public Safety employees worked side by side with volunteers with Team Grovetown, the new volunteer group established in the city, to plate food at a Grovetown fire station Thanksgiving morning.
Grovetown Department of Public Safety employees worked side by side with volunteers with Team Grovetown, the new volunteer group established in the city, to plate food at a Grovetown fire station Thanksgiving morning.

After the conclusion of a heated election for Grovetown city council seats earlier this month, some residents have decided to put aside their differences and bring their city together again.

Frank Estrada, who has lived in Grovetown for four years, said the group was started in October and is geared toward doing good in the community through volunteering.

"There was a big divide with the city as far as with the politics and people who believe certain things, and whatever, so we said let's let the people who need to worry about that stuff handle it and we'll kind of do our own thing and kind of bring everyone together," Estrada said.

"We figured through community service you can kind of bring everyone together no matter what you believe."

The group, who has named itself Team Grovetown, recently assisted the Grovetown Department of Public Safety in plating around 200 meals for Grovetown residents on Thanksgiving Day. Members of the group wore orange T-shirts with the hashtag #Team Grovetown. Their slogan: Bridging the Gap.

In October, Estrada said the group's debut held a pumpkin giveaway. The group partnered with Pelican's Snowballs to host the event's venue. At the snow cone shop, visitors received a pumpkin and children could decorate.

The group also repainted playground equipment at the Kiddie Park near the city's Lion's Club.

"We just did the park stuff last week. We are going to do the final cleanup Dec. 16. That's where we are kind of stopping right now so we can see what we want to do for the next year."

The group's mission is catching on. The Team Grovetown Facebook page has more than 300 followers with nearly 20 regularly active members.

"I believe that peole shoud take a more active approach in the community," Estrada said. "A lot of people just sit back and let stuff happen, but if you want change you have to implement change and it starts with you."

Grovetown Police chief Scott Wheatley said the group reached out to help the officers with the Thanksgiving meals and said he believes the group is a good thing for the city.

"They're a group of citizens that got together that want to do stuff positive for the community," Wheatley said. "I think it's a great thing for anybody in the community to do something positive for the community. I think it's a good organization."

Estrada said the group is hoping to work toward becoming a nonprofit.

"The goal is kind of like to be the central point for all the other groups that are in Grovetown, so everytbody can come together. Like we'd like to get the MOMs group involved, and like to get all of the other little groups around here, all together," Estrada said.

The group is now supporting the Grovetown Department of Public Safety's Christmas event. The group has agreed to support Christmas for six families.

Estrada said the group is not officially a nonprofit so they cannot collect donations, but those who want to help can donate to the Department of Public Safety.

"Everything is going to public safety because they know where the need is," Estrada said.

The group also plans to be in attendance at the Grovetown Christmas Festival Saturday. Estrada said anyone who wants to help make Grovetown a better place is welcome to join.

 

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