MLK Service Project


IMG_1804cIn 2003, the DPA Board identified a need to alleviate the economic pressures on our community’s elderly and thereby enable at-risk seniors to remain in their homes safely and comfortably, improving their quality of life. To achieve these goals, the MLK, Jr. Service Project was started to provide house maintenance and repair, free of charge, to Decatur senior citizen homeowners during the MLK, Jr. holiday weekend. That first year’s project commenced with 100 volunteers and eight homes.

Decatur’s MLK, Jr. Service Project honors the legacy of Dr. King, who worked tirelessly toward a dream of equality, freedom and justice. He encouraged us all to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place in which to live, creating what he called a “Beloved Community.” Transforming these principles into community action, Decatur’s MLK, Jr. Service Project brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, working toward that goal of “Beloved Community.”

Facts about the MLK Service Project

We are a 100% volunteer organization. We raise 100% of the project money ourselves from private sources.

2020 STATS:

  • 954 Volunteers
  • 74 Leadership Roles
  • 33 House Captains
  • 32 Yard Work Homes
  • 19 Large Repair Homes
  • 12 Small Projects Homes
  • 10,515 Hours of Volunteer Labor
  • $267,396 Value of Volunteer Hours
  • $6,000 Value of Contractor Hours
  • $273,396 Financial Impact to the Communty

MLK Service Project Executive Committee

  • Jeff Colburn
  • Lee Ann Harvey
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Mark Sanders
  • Jim Clanin
  • Joe Pitman
  • Beth Thompson
  • Craig Taylor
  • Cyrus Bhedwar
  • Doug Faust
  • Neil Struby
  • Norman Butler
  • Tana Hall

The MLK Service Project is a part of the Community Center for South Decatur (CCSD) and operates in partnership with the City of Decatur and is supported through grants and private donations, both financial and in kind. CCSD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Click here to donate online or mail your check payable to CCSD (designate MLK Project) to Community Center of South Decatur, 321 West Hill Street, Decatur, GA 30030.

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