Approximately 1,300 volunteers turned out to provide home repairs and yard work for Decatur’s senior citizens. This has made tremendous impact on their lives and they are extremely grateful for the help. Volunteers donated 7,628 hours of their time (includes hours spent planning and preparing for the project, as well as during the project weekend). The total value of volunteer hours donated was $162,934.08 based on Independent Sector (http://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time) calculation of the hourly value of volunteer time of $21.36 for 2010.
This is some of what was accomplished:
Please let us know what you enjoyed about the project and what we can do to improve the project next year. We would love to hear about your experiences volunteering at Decatur’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. The applications committee is accepting requests for repairs to be considered for the 2013 Project. Did you encounter any seniors while you were volunteering that you thought would be a good candidate? Do you have a neighbor who can use some help? Please ask the senior to contact Susan Cobleigh (see below) or contact her yourself on the senior’s behalf. You can request to remain anonymous. To be considered:
We would love to have you join our leadership team. Consider being a House Captain (overseeing home repairs, supervising volunteers and communicating with the homeowner). Or, you might want to be a member of one of our committees, such as the Landscape committee (reviewing yard work prior to the project and overseeing yard work during the project), the Energy Efficiency committee, or the Food committee. Please contact either Lee Ann Harvey, Volunteer! Decatur, at 678-553-6548 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Cobleigh, Decatur Preservation Alliance, at 404-371-4444 or email@example.com.
Thank you for helping these seniors to live more safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes as a result of these much needed repairs and yard work. We look forward to your joining us during the next Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service project, which will take place January 19, 20, and 21, 2013.
Susan and Lee Ann