The MLK Service Project, Decatur's major give-back effort of the year, takes place this weekend.
Volunteers visit the homes of low-income seniors to make hosue repairs and clean up their yards.
Last year, doing yard work and home repairs for seniors, with the work having a value of $162,934. For a visual on what happened, look at the photo gallery of last year's work.
If you haven't signed up yet, you can still do it. Here's the info from Lee Ann Harvey, the City of Decatur's volunteer coordinator.
NEXT WEEKEND is the Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project – just days away! Please join us in making a difference in the lives of Decatur’s senior citizens. We can still use lots more volunteers to help with home repairs. If you can make repairs on your own home and do some light (or skilled) carpentry, we can definitely use your help!
Volunteers may sign up to work one or more of the following shifts:
Saturday, January 19: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm
Sunday, January 20: 1pm to 5pm
Monday, January 21: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm
While we can use volunteers for all shifts and for all jobs, the following are volunteer jobs and shifts where we could most use your help:
- Saturday, both shifts (especially afternoon), and Sunday afternoon – Home repairs and carpentry.
- All weekend – One more volunteer for the Small Projects team to complete carpentry and home repairs at one of the homes. The Small Projects team works in pairs at homes that don’t need a full work crew.
- Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon – Materials Running from Edgewood Lowes to homes in Oakhurst using your truck or other large vehicle.
- Monday morning in particular and other shifts throughout weekend – Yard Work/Landscaping Supervisors who can lead yard work volunteers. Each home has a landscaping work plan already developed by our Landscaping Committee.
- Any shift – Teams of two (or individuals to team with another volunteer) that have a truck or other large vehicle for Gutter Cleaning. We have ladders, if you don’t.
- Saturday, both shifts (especially afternoon); Sunday afternoon; Monday afternoon – Yard work and help with “de-cluttering” basements, attics, and yards of “former treasures” that have been accumulating for decades.
There are volunteer jobs for volunteers of all skills at this project. So, grab your reusable water bottle (so we can be environmentally friendly), work gloves, and tools and join us to celebrate and honor our senior citizens and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The King Holiday is “a day on, not a day off.” In the words of Dr. King:
"Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others. And this is the way I've decided to go the rest of my days.”
We look forward to you joining us. Volunteers will meet at the Solarium at the Community Center of South Decatur, 321 W. Hill St. in the Oakhurst section of Decatur (30030), at least a half-hour before the start of their shift.
If you will be bringing any youth who will not be accompanied by their parent/guardian, please download the release form and print a separate form for each of the youth. The release form is available at www.decaturga.com/mlk.
Everyone, adults and youth, must have a signed release form. Anyone under 18-years-old must have a release form signed by a parent/guardian in order to participate in the project. Volunteers must be a minimum of 12-years-old, unless they are volunteering through a supervised organization, such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. (Youth groups, please sign up in advance.)
If you have any questions, please call Lee Ann Harvey at 770-652-8593 (cell), 678-553-6548 (office) or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you find your plans for the weekend change and you become available, you can just show up at the Solarium and we’ll match you with a job.
Consider contacting members of your business, school, club, place of worship, or other organization to work together as a group. All volunteers are invited to attend a celebration cookout on Monday, January 21, at 5:00 p.m. at the Solarium.
Thank you for caring about Decatur’s senior citizens and helping them to live safely, comfortably, and affordably in their homes.