2008 MLK Service Project


A wintry mix of snow and sleet added a bit of drama to Decatur’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project held on January 19 – 21. But despite the weather and the resulting Sunday work slowdown, the project was the biggest ever with more than 760 volunteers helping 27 senior homeowners.

This year’s sixth annual project was a partnership between the Decatur Preservation Alliance (DPA) and the City of Decatur. The project’s success also depended heavily on participation from the Oakhurst community – individuals, businesses and organizations – and their contributions of volunteering, monetary donations, a willingess to serve on the various committees.

Our volunteers – from the executive and food committees to house captains and zone coordinators and to the hundreds of indiviudals who showed up to cheerfully be assigned to a home – are at the heart of the project. We are also grateful to our generous sponsors: Oakhurst Neighborhood Association, “Anonymous,” Decatur Business Association, Decatur Rotary Club, Decatur Housing Authority, Community Center of South Decatur, Arlene Dean, Dunlavy Law Group, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Pinnacle Custom Builders, Ted’s Montana Grill, Veritas Church, Renewal Construction, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta Light Bulbs, Decatur First Bank, Decatur First United Methodist Church, Fairfield Mortgage, Inside-Out Inspections & Renovations, Budget Truck Rental, and Fayetteville Road Neighbors.

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