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2018 MLK Project Information

Join Us Saturday, Jan. 13 through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Volunteer to help provide home repairs and yard work for Decatur's low income senior citizens to help them live safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes. Sign up for one or more of these shifts:

  • Saturday, Jan. 13: 9 am-1 pm or 1-5 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 14: 1-5 pm
  • Monday, Jan. 15: 9 am-1 pm or 1-5 pm

There is a minimum age of 12 to volunteer, unless volunteering through a supervised organization such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Please check first before signing up a youth group. Volunteer opportunities also include helping to hand out tools, picking up and delivering materials (must have truck or other large vehicle), and gutter cleaning. All volunteers must turn in a waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for those under 18. Waivers will be available in November. Contact Lee Ann Harvey at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 770-652-8593 to sign up or for more information. To learn more about the project visit mlkserviceproject.com.

2017 Volunteer Opportunities

If your group is looking for a service project at another time of year, please contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548 or 770-652-8593. There are occasional volunteer opportunities for groups throughout the year.

Senior Citizen Homeowner Application for Assistance

You might be eligible for assistance if you:

  • Are at least 62 years old
  • Own and live in your home in the City of Decatur (not just a Decatur mailing address)
  • Have limited income.

To find whether you are eligible for assistance, contact Lee Ann Harvey at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548 (office) or 770-652-8593 (cell).


2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project:

Amazing Work Done During Beautiful Weekend

The 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project benefited from beautiful weather that brought out approximately 1,170 dedicated volunteers who made repairs at 32 homes of senior citizens. Volunteers also “repaired” the yards at those homes and cleaned all of the gutters.

The signature project this year was transforming a kitchen and other spaces in the home of a senior in a wheelchair to offer better accessibility. Some of the many steps involved in transforming the kitchen to be more appropriate for someone in a wheelchair included redoing plumbing and electrical; installing new base cabinets with an opening for a wheelchair; installing new countertops, sink and faucet; installing new wall-hung pantry cabinets; cutting additional shelves to fit the cabinet; and installing a donated gas stove with accessible front controls.

Making homes safe and affordable for seniors is a high priority. Volunteers rebuilt steps; stabilized a bathroom floor in danger of collapse; added grab bars in bathrooms; replaced doorbells that didn’t ring; installed weather-stripping; and replaced lightbulbs. Floors were repaired to prevent tripping hazards and prep work was done for two handicap ramps that will be completed after the project weekend. Decatur firefighters helped with safety by installing or replacing batteries in smoke detectors. Professional electricians, plumbers, HVAC, and roofers ensured that the homes were safer and corrected issues to reduce utility costs. 

The yard repair team cleared out invasive plants and raked leaves – as many as 100 bags of leaves in some of the yards. This year, the project partnered with Decatur Active Living and Oakhurst Dog Park volunteers to redirect 200 bags of yard waste to the dog park to control erosion. 

At the end of the project, the Community Center of South Decatur (CCSD) provided the celebration dinner for the volunteers and senior citizens at the Solarium, the base of operations that CCSD had opened up to the project volunteers for the weekend. Thank you to all of the individuals and the organizations that helped to support this project and make it such a success. Join us next year, Jan. 13-15, 201, so we can continue to help our senior citizens to keep living in Decatur – the city they have loved for decades and that they continue to love.

If you or one of your neighbors is a senior citizen who needs home repairs, call 678-553-6548 or email leeann.harvey@decaturga.com. For more information about the project, visit mlkserviceproject.com.