Do Good

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Dion Byrd, a mentor at the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta watches Terrell Graham, 8 play pool on Monday.

Dion Byrd, Boys and Girls Club of Augusta


AGE: 34


ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta operates four after-school centers, targeting "at risk" youth. It offers children a variety of activities within five core areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation, and arts and crafts.

WHAT HE DOES: Byrd mentors three boys for two hours each day. He talks to them about whatever problems or issues they're having and tries to motivate them to do better in school.

WHY HE DOES IT: "Just to give back to the community. I grew up without a father so I guess, just to kind of give back, set a better example."

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteers are needed to work at least one hour per week and can work in a variety of capacities. Mentors are needed to work with individual children and are asked to commit to one hour per week for one year of service. To find volunteer or make a donation, visit and click the link "How Can I Help." There you will find instructions and the necessary forms.

You can do good, too

WORLD WAR II VETERANS SOUGHT: Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society seeks veterans for videotape interviews for the veterans history project and volunteers to conduct interviews; (706) 738-8242

DRIVERS NEEDED: The American Cancer Society's Augusta chapter needs drivers for its Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients; (706) 731-9900

GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK: Volunteers sort donations in the warehouse; (706) 736-1199

SAFE KIDS EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA: Volunteers help with events such as car seat and bicycle checks, and lead safety programs for children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

HELP CHILDREN READ: People ages 60 and older are needed to help 20 hours per week; Jackie Kennedy, Senior Citizens Council, (706) 868-0120