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Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, 2015  Hillcrest Yard Work Volunteers

Sign up to volunteer for the 13th annual Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project and do home repairs and yard work for Decatur senior citizens to help them live safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes. Volunteers may work one or more shifts:

Saturday, January 17, 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm
Sunday, January 18, 1pm to 5pm
Monday, January 19, 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm

Please sign up in advance. Volunteers meet 30 minutes before the start of each shift at the Solarium at the Community Center of South Decatur, 321 W. Hill St.

Volunteer positions include home repairs, yard work/landscaping, cleaning gutters, transporting materials, monitoring and organizing tool inventory and more. Donations of sandwiches and desserts are also appreciated. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, unless volunteering with an organization such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. All volunteers must complete a waiver and release (volunteers under 18 must have form signed by parent or guardian). You may download as a Word or PDF document and bring it with you to the Project.

Please help us be environmentally friendly and bring your own reusable water bottle. If possible, bring your own home repair and yard work tools and work gloves. Please be sure to dress for the weather.

Decatur’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project embodies the teachings of Rev. Dr. King and the spirit of the King Holiday, the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. For more information on the Project or to donate, go to To find out how you can be involved, contact Lee Ann Harvey, at or 678-553-6548 (office) or 770-652-8593 (cell).   

Successful 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project Woman Volunteer Sawing

The 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project was a huge success. More than 1,300 volunteers helped repair the homes of 24 senior citizens who live in the city of Decatur. Yard work and repair was completed at these and at 16 additional homes for a total of 40 houses.

Thanks to volunteer skilled trades people, much-needed electrical, plumbing and HVAC repairs were done. More than 1,000 tools were borrowed from the Atlanta Community Tool Bank. Volunteers from Southface Energy Institute weatherized homes. A pre- and postblower door test at one home showed a 68 percent reduction in air leakage.

Other volunteers picked up and delivered materials, cleaned gutters, and organized tools. Members of the community, including businesses, places of worship, neighborhood associations, residents of a senior apartment complex and numerous individuals, made sandwiches, desserts, snacks and breakfast items to feed the hungry volunteers.

The weekend honored the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflected the reason the King holiday was established as the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off” (although, Decatur does it better as a “weekend on”).

Mark your calendars to join the volunteers next year, Jan. 17-19, 2015. For further information, contact Lee Ann Harvey at or 678-553-6548 or go to

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project by the numbers:
Work days:
Homes: 40
Volunteers: 1,300
Estimated number of volunteer hours: 8,860
Estimated value of volunteer hours: $196,000
Tools rented: 1,000
Amount of yard waste removed and disposed: 24 Tons
Amount of construction debris and miscellaneous items removed and disposed: 60 Tons 

Last updated: 9/30/2014 8:52:21 AM