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10th Annual Decatur MLK Service Project Seeks Volunteers

LeeAnn Harvey —
Volunteer for the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project held the weekend of January 14-16, 2012. Volunteers work at senior citizens’ homes in Oakhurst, making greatly needed repairs and doing yard work that elderly homeowners have been unable to afford.
Volunteers may sign up for one or more of the following shifts:
• Saturday, January 14: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, January 15: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, January 16: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

When signing up, please indicate the shift(s) selected, and any specific skills (such as carpentry, general home repair, painting, drywall installation and repair, plumbing, gardening, landscaping, etc.). Such skills are not necessary, but help in assigning tasks. Although a limited number of tools and work gloves will be available, volunteers are encouraged to bring tools to use (hammers, saws, drills, and other tools; rakes, clippers, loppers and other yard work implements). Make sure tools are clearly marked for identification purposes. To make this project more environmentally friendly, volunteers are also asked to bring a reusable water bottle.
Volunteers who are able to help make repairs to their own homes, those who are highly skilled amateurs, as well as skilled tradespeople, especially roofers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters, are crucial to this effort.
Yard work is also an important component of the Project and skilled as well as “weekend” gardeners can lead simple gardening projects. Other volunteers can assist the logistics team with transporting tools and materials, as well as helping to weatherize homes. The food committee is seeking donations of sandwiches and homemade desserts to feed the hundreds of hungry volunteers. Over 1,200 volunteers worked on the 2011 project.
Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to volunteer. And those under 12 are also welcome if they are volunteering through a supervised organization such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Please check first before signing up. Any volunteer younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a release form and bring it with them to the project. That form and other information regarding the service project are available online at Youth groups must sign up by December 15.
Volunteers meet at the Solarium at the Community Center of South Decatur, 321 W. Hill St. in the Oakhurst section of Decatur, at least a half-hour before shifts start. All volunteers are invited to attend a celebration cookout on Monday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. at the Solarium.
To volunteer to make home repairs, do yard work, help with logistics, or assist the food committee, please contact Lee Ann Harvey, 678-553-6548 or All are invited to volunteer as individuals or as part of a group.
The MLK Service Project is sponsored by the Decatur Preservation Alliance (DPA) in partnership with the City of Decatur and is supported through grants and private donations, both financial and in kind. Gifts are tax deductible.  To make a donation, visit the DPA website ( and click on “Join or Donate” or mail your check payable to DPA (designate MLK Project) to Decatur Preservation Alliance, PO Box 1764, Decatur, GA 30031.
Thank you caring about Decatur’s senior citizens and helping them to live safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes.

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