MLK Service Project


IMG_1804cIn 2003, the DPA Board identified a need to alleviate the economic pressures on our community’s elderly and thereby enable at-risk seniors to remain in their homes safely and comfortably, improving their quality of life. To achieve these goals, the MLK, Jr. Service Project was started to provide house maintenance and repair, free of charge, to Decatur senior citizen homeowners during the MLK, Jr. holiday weekend. That first year’s project commenced with 100 volunteers and eight homes.

Decatur’s MLK, Jr. Service Project honors the legacy of Dr. King, who worked tirelessly toward a dream of equality, freedom and justice. He encouraged us all to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place in which to live, creating what he called a “Beloved Community.” Transforming these principles into community action, Decatur’s MLK, Jr. Service Project brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, working toward that goal of “Beloved Community.”

Financial impact of the MLK Service Project on the community

$226,000 per year

Facts about the MLK Service Project

We are a 100% volunteer organization. We raise 100% of the project money ourselves from private sources
Leadership roles – 77
Yard Work homes – 41
Total Home Repair homes – 30
Rental Tools used – 1390
Yard waste bags filled – 2470
Dumpsters filled – 2
Tons of yard waste removed – 15
Tons of trash removed – 12
Hours of volunteer labor – 10,000

MLK Service Project Executive Committee

Jeff Colburn
Lee Ann Harvey
Paul Mitchell
Mark Sanders
Jim Clanin
Lena Stevens

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