Northwest Whitfield High School senior Makina Cook volunteers with various projects around the area, but she doesn't view her role as part of some vast network.
For her, it is the quiet moments and the one-on-one interactions that have the most impact.
I like just knowing that I can make someones day just by doing a little thing, said Cook, who was one of the honorees Tuesday at the United Way of Northwest Georgia's Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards event. It doesnt have to be a big, huge production to help people out. Just to see a kid or a parent smile just because of something that you think is small makes my day.
Cook was named as a recipient of one of two $5,000 scholarships honoring the memory of former Shaw Industries Director of Human Resources Elbert Shaw. She was also honored as the Youth Volunteer of the Year from a pool of nearly 400 middle school, high school and college students.
It means a lot to be recognized this way, Cook said. I gave to the community, but I wasnt expecting anything back because it just means so much to me just to be able to ...