Monday is day of service for many

by Sarah Fay Campbell

As Monday — a day designated to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. —approaches, many in Coweta will make commitments to volunteer in the community.

Workers from Georgia Power have celebrated the national MLK Day of Service for more than 10 years, and will be volunteering at three sites in Coweta on Monday.

Volunteers are scheduled to begin the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in Moreland. Many others will be volunteering at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic and at One Roof Ecumenical Alliance Outreach.

Last year, nearly 1,000 Georgia Power volunteers worked at almost 60 sites across the state.

Joining the Georgia Power workers at One Roof will be several volunteers from the Goodwill Career Center and some additional individuals from the general public, said Derenda Rowe, executive director of One Roof and the Coweta Community Food Pantry.

There is no shortage of work involved at One Roof and the food pantry. The resale store will be closed on Monday to allow all the work to be done.

“We will be wiping down shelves and stocking the store. We are also behind where I would like to be concerning the sorting of food from the Can-A-Thon,” Rowe said.

“I hope we are able to either finish the remaining sorting or, at least, make a significant dent in what we have left.” There will also be some general cleaning out of the building. Any individuals who would like to participate in sorting and cleaning are welcome to join the effort. Volunteer work at One Roof and the food pantry will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. on Monday. “Volunteers can come at any time,” Rowe said. One Roof is located on Temple Avenue on the west side of Newnan in the office building of the old Playtex plant.

Those who don’t want to take part in an organized event can, of course, serve or volunteer in other ways.

The volunteer day at One Roof started when Georgia Power volunteers started helping out on the MLK Jr. holiday.

“It’s always a good thing when they come because there are men — we need men with muscle,” Rowe said. “And they are good hardworking people, so it is always a good thing to have them come.”

“We always use MLK Day as a day to kind of regroup and make things better,” Rowe said. “I would like for our building to sparkle when they leave.”



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