14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project Works on 47 Homes
Decatur’s 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project once again brought together community members and volunteers from throughout the metro Atlanta area, long time volunteers and first time volunteers, skilled professionals and the unskilled, to personify Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” Over 1,300 volunteers helped repair 34 homes of senior citizens and do yard work and landscaping at those homes and 13 more, leading to a total of 47 senior citizens’ homes benefiting from this service weekend.
The breadth of work done was remarkable. There were many simple, yet life changing, tasks, such as simply de-cluttering decades of former treasures that had accumulated within the homes. The seniors had been overwhelmed by the thought of clearing out these items and physically were not able to take them out of their homes for pick up by Sanitation. A steady stream of volunteers helped the homeowners sort through the items before taking the items to the five rolloff dumpsters that were filled. There was such a large accumulation that many items were still left at the curb for future pick up.