8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project

Decatur’s eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project will take place on January 16, 17, and 18, 2010. The project is sponsored by the Decatur Preservation Alliance (DPA) in partnership with the City of Decatur. In 2003, the DPA Board identified a need to alleviate the economic pressures on the 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. This January, volunteers will make repairs on twelve senior citizens’ homes in Decatur and do yard work on many others. You are invited to volunteer! Shifts are Saturday, January 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, January 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday evening, at the project’s end, there is a dinner event at the Solarium for all participants and seniors to celebrate the project’s completion.

Jobs are available at every skill level. Skilled trades people, especially roofers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters, are essential to helping these Decatur seniors live safely, comfortably, and affordably in their homes. Gardeners can lead simple gardening projects. Other volunteers can assist the logistics team with transporting tools and materials. The food committee is soliciting donations of sandwiches and homemade desserts to feed the hungry volunteers. Monetary donations are also always appreciated. Volunteers must be a minimum of 12-years-old, unless they are volunteering through a supervised organization, such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Please check first before signing up. Anyone under 18-years-old must have their parent or guardian sign the waiver form and bring it with them to the project.

If you are signing up a group (adult or youth group), please provide the name of your group and who will be participating. If you are volunteering as a family and bringing your children, please advise how many children you will bring and their ages. If you have a youth group, please be certain to have their parent/guardian complete the waiver and release form. Youth groups should provide an age range of the youth and the number of youth and adults who will be attending. We would appreciate large groups (adult or youth) splitting up into smaller groups of 15-20 volunteers. We are also requesting that you designate a team leader for each of these smaller groups and that you provide us with the team leader’s contact information. Project information and the waiver and release form are available at http://www.decaturga.com/community_mlkworkday.aspx.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Susan Cobleigh, 404-371-4444, or susan@decaturpreservationalliance.org. To volunteer, contact Lee Ann Harvey, 678-553-6548, leeann.harvey@decaturga.com. Lee Ann Harvey Volunteer! Decatur A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur P.O. Box 220 Decatur, GA 30031 Phone: (678) 553-6548 Fax: (404) 371-1593 Email: leeann.harvey@decaturga.com Website: www.decaturga.com

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

email: ona@oakhurstga.org

web: http://www.OakhurstGA.org

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