Congrats to Laura Mullins. HRC’s finance manager was recognized recently as a Top 10 Young Professional by Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas (AMP’D), a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation.
It’s my pleasure to contribute my time to worthy causes that help make our community a better place to live and work,” said Laura. “HRC’s support of its employees’ volunteer activities—and the chamber’s recognition—are truly appreciated.”
Laura’s passion to give back to the community where she was raised is aligned with AMP’D’s mission to encourage young professionals to engage, develop and serve in Douglas County.
This is the second time Laura’s received this honor: She was named in 2017 as well.
Also recognized this year were Whitney Constien, Douglas County Chamber; Mark DeNyse, DeNyse Companies; Emily Lightner, Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County; Nadia Faucette, GreyStone Power Corporation; Meitra Perry, Douglas County Schools; Jordan Phillips, Chick-fil-A Arbor Place Mall; Jennifer Rogers, Extreme Images, LLC; Aaron Szarowicz, City of Douglasville; and Andre Weaver, Douglas County Schools.
Taylor Pounds, HRC’s design department manager, has been named co-chair of the Youth Leadership Douglas County (YLDC) class of 2019 – 2020. He was tapped for the position by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce following his graduation from the 10-month Leadership Douglas program earlier in 2019.
YLDC is a program for students. Fifty high schoolers are accepted for either the fall or spring program to learn more about their community and develop their leadership potential. For one full day each month, the students participate in activities including ropes courses, law enforcement training, interviewing with members of the media and visiting local legislators and county commissioners.
“Our first get together was a day retreat where the students participated in team building exercises led by AmeriCorps volunteers from the Youth Villages of Inner Harbor campus and the YLD chairs. It was amazing to see a group of strangers at the beginning of the day leave as friends. The smiles and laughter throughout the day that we see is what this program is all about.” The students were also made aware of the standards, expectations, and graduation requirements.
The next session for the fall class was public service day. “We were given behind the scenes access of the county jail and local fire station. The interaction and information that was provided by our local law enforcement and firefighters was invaluable and helped us all realize how fortunate we are to have them and their resources in Douglas County,” said Taylor.
Taylor described his mission as program co-chair: “I want to put YLDC participants in scenarios that challenge their beliefs and help them think outside the box.”
YLDC is modeled off of Leadership Douglas, a program for professionals in business, government and other sectors. Participants benefit from getting to know one another and through exchange of ideas and experiences. They gain knowledge and understanding on issues facing the community, and also attain leadership skills.
“I look forward to applying what I learned in Leadership Douglas to make an impact on youth in Douglas County,” said Taylor. “My co-chair and I strive to instill a passion for active community involvement among the high-school students in the 2019 and 2010 classes.”
Douglasville, GA – “It takes a village to make the community great, when everybody’s hands are involved it makes a better impact in the community.” HRC’s Laura Mullins has been volunteering in her local community of Douglasville since she was 17. Mullins has always enjoyed helping young children have a better life.
“When I was younger, I was very involved in my church. I was the nursery lead, making sure the scheduling was correct, I was involved in Awana and was the photographer for my church.”
Today Mullins is still giving back to the community. She is an Executive Chair on the Douglas County Chamber and she assisted in the Winter Ball events. Mullins is on the Board of Boys and Girls Club in Douglasville and was a chair of the 2019 Golf Tournament.
“I oversaw the entire 2019 Golf Tournament; we planned this event from March to June and it ran smoothly, we also met our goal of $25,000.”
Mullins spends on average five to 10 hours a week dedicating time to the programs she is involved in—in addition to working a four to seven-hour shift at HRC. HRC strives to give back to the community and supports its employees in their efforts to make the places we live, better. HRC helps Mullins and other team members stay involved by allowing time-off, paying dues and sponsoring various non-profit programs.
Mullins tries to motivate young adults to get into volunteering in their local communities as well because it is a wonderful opportunity to give back.