Celebrate Gwinnett’s Bicentennial – Join the 200 for 200 Club!

An old Chinese proverb suggests, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

Who are we to question ancient proverbs? A growing body of research over the past two decades indicates that volunteerism offers proven health benefits, as well as social ones. Helping others just may be the secret to living a life that is not only happier, but also healthier, wealthier and more meaningful. And when we give where we live, we help make Gwinnett an even better place for the next century to come!

The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services is the host organization for Gwinnett Great Days of Service, one of the largest community volunteer events in the nation. Since 2000, community volunteers have worked side-by-side to address specific needs and issues in the community and to create and support awareness for the Coalition and the many agencies and organizations the Coalition represents and supports. This year, the annual two-day event will take place October 19-20.

The Coalition has officially launched a fun bicentennial-themed giving opportunity to support Gwinnett’s 2018 Great Days of Service. Individuals, churches, service clubs and businesses all across the county are being challenged to honor Gwinnett’s 200th birthday by joining the 200 for 200 Club in one of two ways:

1. Donate $200 to help underwrite hundreds of Great Days of Service projects taking place around the county. This year many service projects will focus on preservation of Gwinnett’s historical sites and landmarks. Others will help empower nonprofits, support people in need and beautify our community.

2. Pledge to collect 200 items to support the work of local non-profits that are serving people in great need across the county. You can collect supplies for blessing bags for our veterans and homeless. Maybe it’s laundry detergent for seniors living in extended stays or canned foods for food insecure families. It could be school supplies for foster kids or children’s books to support early learning. There are so many options. The list goes on and on.

How will you leave a lasting legacy on your community? Visit to learn more and to get involved!