Posts tagged with "MLK Service Project"

Photos – Girl Scouts decorate lunch bags for MLK volunteers

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 19, 2015

They teach them about volunteering and service early in Decatur. On Jan. 19, a couple of hundred Girl and Daisy Scouts gathered at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Decatur packed sack lunches for volunteers participating in the last day of the MLK Service Project. They’ll be delivering 500 lunches to Oakhurst, where volunteers can […]

Photos – 2015 MLK Service Project

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 18, 2015

The 13th annual MLK Service Project is the most ambitious yet. This weekend hundreds of volunteers are visiting 31 homes. Organizers had to rent a record 1,300 tools, Service Project Chairman Paul Mitchell said. On Sunday afternoon, Mitchell climbed the tall ladder in The Solarium in Oakhurst and began making assignments. “We’re all here to help […]

Sunday Morning Meditation – Arresting Dr. King

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 18, 2015

Decatur’s annual MLK Service Project is going on this weekend and hundreds of volunteers have fanned out to help elderly, vulnerable residents make some much-needed repairs to their homes. The Service Project is point of pride for the city, and each year breaks new records for attendance. Much less known is an important story about Decatur’s […]

MLK Service Project returns this weekend

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 15, 2015

Decatur is holding its annual MLK Service Project this weekend, Jan. 17 through Jan. 19, and there are still opportunities to volunteer. Hundreds of people attend Decatur’s annual three days of community service to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Volunteers team-up to repair the homes the city’s elderly residents. Everyone will gather at The […]

Pitch in by dining out on Sept. 30

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 20, 2014

Decatur restaurants are chipping in this month to help pay for repairs during the city’s annual MLK Service Project in January. Restaurants for Repairs returns on Sept. 30 and more than a dozen eateries are donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to the MLK event. Decatur’s Lifelong Community Coordinator Lee Ann Harvey said last […]

Purple hearts – Girl Scouts make special delivery

Posted by August 5, 2014

  Olivia Phillips-Waldorf, an eighth grade student at Renfroe Middle School, needed a project to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award, and she had an idea. Waldorf is a member of Decatur Troop 28433. “My mom grows vegetables in her garden,” Waldorf said. “Last summer she had an abundance of cucumbers.” That left her with the […]

MLK Service project breaks new record

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 22, 2014

The organizers of the city’s annual MLK Service Project said the event reached a new milestone this past weekend. Decatur’s Lifelong Community Coordinator Lee Ann Harvey said 1,300 volunteers showed up this year, beating the previous record of 1,200. Volunteers made major or minor repairs to about 24 homes over the Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Big plumbing issues: Decatur MLK Service Project, Day 2

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 19, 2014

Addie Jones sat in her living room on Sunday, Jan. 19, and listened to soul music on her television as friendly strangers moved throughout her house. The strangers, volunteers with the city of Decatur’s annual MLK Service Project, banged on cabinets in her kitchen and fixed pipes in her basement. Jones shifted in her chair. […]

How may we serve you? Decatur MLK Service Project, Day 1

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 18, 2014

The organizers of the MLK Service Project, which began in 2003, say that one of the most unpredictable things about it over the years has been the weather. Volunteers have worked in icy rain and chilly overcast days. The weather was agreeable on Jan. 18, the first day of the three-day event. The volunteers stood […]

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