The Decatur Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project planning committee announces the cancelation of the January 16-18, 2021 Service Project due to lingering and ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first priority is the health and safety of Decatur’s older residents and the volunteers who go into the homes. Because of the hands-on nature of the annual event, including the extensive planning and preparation, the COVID-19 health emergency does not allow us to hold the Service Project safely in 2021.
The Service Project began in 2003 when 100 volunteers helped do home repairs and yard work for Decatur’s older residents during one day of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The event grew to approximately 1,000 volunteers participating during what became a three-day Service Project event. The Service Project has been held annually since 2003 in spite of rain, snow, ice, wind, and the Falcons making the play-offs.
The goal is to hold the Service Project in 2022 if it is safe to do so. Current and new volunteers will be critical in helping the committee prepare for the future. If you are interested in helping in a leadership role or behind the scenes, there are a number of volunteer positions and opportunities available including grant writing, fund-raising, assessing needed repairs on the home, recruiting House Captains, and more as the committee prepares for the next chapter.
Restaurants for Repairs, the signature fund-raising event, was also canceled this year. The Service Project is grateful to the restaurants who have participated and donated a portion of their proceeds from meals to the MLK Project. Participating restaurants have also had many hardships due to COVID-19. Please look at the list of restaurants from 2019 on the Service Project website and consider dining in or getting a to-go order from one or more of them and help our restaurants that have done so much to help the MLK Service Project.
If you are able to donate to the MLK Service Project, you may donate online at www.mlkserviceproject.com or send a check payable to the MLK Service Project, 321 West Hill Street, Suite 1-A, Decatur, GA 30030.