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24 October 2018

Giving Thanks to Those Who Give

Written by Mayor Joe Lockwood

Another year has flown by, and here we are heading into the holiday season with Thanksgiving just a few weeks away. Our community has so much to be thankful for — engaged citizens, dedicated volunteers, strong businesses, and committed City staff.
Last year, the City of Milton began a new tradition by taking the month of November to “give thanks” for the many residents who selflessly volunteer their time for the benefit of Milton and their neighbors. We celebrated our volunteers by profiling each one on social media throughout the month, and then concluded our month-long volunteer recognition with a special volunteer dinner at City Hall.

Each volunteer is special, contributing to Milton in his/her own unique way. In some cases, our volunteers have channeled their personal passion into creating new community organizations like Milton’s Village Volunteers, a group dedicated to connecting and serving families with special needs children who have aged out of the public school system. Others have answered the call to public service by agreeing to serve as a councilmember appointee on City committees and boards such as the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, or the Board of Zoning Appeals, dedicating countless hours each month to help the City conduct its business.

Some have identified a community need or realized that they could make a difference in Milton and beyond. For example, we have a long-term Milton resident who single-handedly makes sure that every City event offers recycling by installing the containers and transporting the materials to the local recycling center at the end of each event.  

There are also residents who have professional experience or expertise to share with their city, and they seek out unique opportunities to contribute to their community through special projects with the Milton Police Department or by serving on the Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee.

These are just a few of our volunteer stories! Each volunteer is a perfect example of what makes Milton such an incredible community. That’s why we’re designating November as Volunteer Appreciation Month in Milton, and we’ll once again celebrate these community superstars with a dinner at City Hall.

For those dedicated volunteers reading this month’s column, thank you for all that you do! If you are someone searching for ways to engage, contact Milton’s Community Outreach and Engagement Manager Courtney Spriggs at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 678-242-2533. Courtney can help connect you to a variety of existing volunteer opportunities, or she can explore unique ways you might serve.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

About the Author

Mayor Joe Lockwood

Mayor Joe Lockwood

Joe Lockwood is Mayor of Milton. 678-242-2500, CityofMiltonGA.us