Reminder: Decatur MLK Service Project is this weekend

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 12, 2018

(middle to right) Jaden Wilborn, 13, of Ellwood, and Samuel Lewis, 13, of Ellwood, gather lawn bags for the Martin Luther King Jr. Service project at the Solarium in Decatur, Ga. on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

The city of Decatur’s annual MLK Service Project returns Saturday, Jan. 13.

The annual event recruits volunteers to repair homes for elderly Oakhurst residents.

Anyone can be a volunteer, and the project is always on the look out for volunteers with expertise in carpentry and plumbing.

The volunteer shifts are:

  • Saturday, January 13: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 14: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, January 15: 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.),” the service project website says. “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.”

Volunteers will meet at the Solarium, located at 321 W. Hill Street, a half hour before their shift starts.

Any one who wants to sign up should contact Lee Ann Harvey with the city of Decatur at 770-652-8593 or

To learn more about the service project, click here.

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