Toccoa Man Recognized for Downtown Volunteer Work

The Georgia Downtown Association recognizes a local man as a top volunteer in the Northeast Georgia region.

Recently, the organization named Toccoa’s Chuck Taylor as its District Two Volunteer of the Year for 2013.

The Toccoa Main Street program nominated Taylor for the award.

Main Street Director Connie Tabor said that Taylor helps the downtown area in many ways.

Tabor said among those, Taylor has used his talents as a local musician to benefit the city.

“He has been instrumental in planning and initiating our Ida Cox Music Series event,” said Tabor.  “He not only lines up the bands, but he (is master of ceremonies) for the concert and fills in as needed.  He is one of downtown’s biggest promoters.”

Tabor said Taylor has also played a vital role in planning special events surrounding the SchaeferCenter theatre in downtown Toccoa.

“For example, the ‘New Harmonies’ traveling exhibit that we had, Chuck helped coordinate the entertainment at the Schaefer Center for those events,” said Tabor.

Meanwhile, Taylor is also a local farmer.

Tabor said that he and his wife have used that farm to benefit the city and county as well.

“He has created jobs on a small farm basis and he is a strong supporter of the Stephens County Farmers’ Market, which is located in the MarketBuilding (in downtown Toccoa),” said Tabor.  “He often will bring his guitar and his harmonica and play during the (farmers’ market).”

Tabor said Taylor has also helped raise funds and provided in-kind services.

She said that the city appreciates all he does.

“We are very fortunate to have Chuck here back in Toccoa,” said Tabor.  “He has volunteered about 260 hours in this year alone.  We are excited that he is able to contribute to our community in such a way as he does.”

The Toccoa City Commission recognized Taylor at its December 16 meeting.