A rainy weekend didn’t dampen the spirits of approximately 1,180 volunteers who came out to do home repairs and yard work for senior citizens during the 8th annual Decatur Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project weekend. This project is held by the Decatur Preservation Alliance in partnership with the City of Decatur and with the assistance of numerous nonprofit organizations, businesses, skilled tradespeople, places of worship, and other organizations.
Initial plans called for repairs on 11 homes. Since the weekend was progressing so well, two more homes were added that needed more minimal repairs. So, volunteers ended up doing repairs on 13 homes. All but one of the homes (a condo) also had yard work done.
Thanks to an eager workforce, volunteers did yard work on 37 additional homes for a grand total of 50 senior citizens’ homes worked on during the weekend. In addition, volunteers did yard work for the people with disabilities who live near the Solarium in Oakhurst. There was so much yard waste that approximately 2,500 yard waste bags were used and there were numerous additional piles of brush.
These seniors can now live more safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes thanks to much needed repairs that include:
Volunteers did numerous weatherization projects with assistance from volunteers with Southface, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable homes. These projects included:
Please consider joining the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project planning committee. For more information, contact Susan Cobleigh, Decatur Preservation Alliance, at 404-371-4444 or email@example.com or Lee Ann Harvey, Volunteer! Decatur, at (678) 553-6548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.