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COE expands its Friends of Lake Lanier group

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently formed “Friends of Lake Lanier,” a non-profit 501(c)3 organization of volunteers to assist the Corps in and around Lake Lanier. The Corps is hosting an evening open house on Thursday, April 18. It will take place at the Corps’ Project Management Offices off Buford Dam Road starting at 7 p.m.
 
“We purposefully organized the group as a 501(c)3 non-profit so that it can use its own funds to assist the Corps to provide recreation, services, maintenance and interpretation beyond the scope of the Corps,” said Tim Campion Park Ranger with the Corps of Engineers. “For instance, the organization can sell firewood, ice and install soda machines in parks and then use the funds raised to help pay for volunteer uniforms, equipment repairs and pollinator programs, as an example.” 
 
The Friends group began with members of the Corps’ Volunteer Village, a program that provides volunteer park attendants and clerical assistant to the Corps in return for long-term stays at the lake. Volunteer Village was initiated nearly two decades ago by then-Project Operations Manager Erwin Topper as a way to help enhance part services at no additional cost to the Corps.
 
“The work of the Friends group has expanded since its initial agreement with the Corps in 2017, and we are looking for more community members to participate,” Campion said. 
 
The meeting will include an overview of the Friends program, background about its relationship with the Corps of Engineers and information about the scope of the group and its mission.
 
There is no charge to participate. To be formally affiliated with the organization, volunteers are asked to complete and sign an application with contact information.
 
For more about Friends of Lake Lanier, call Tim Campion at the Corps’ office, 770 945-9531.

Posted online 3/29/19
 
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