Cowetans volunteer on MLK Jr. Day

by Clay Neely

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Roy Long carts a box of sorted food at the One Roof Alliance outreach on Monday.

“Look at all these awesome people,” said One Roof Executive Director Derenda Rowe. “They’re like ants,” she said, motioning toward the volunteers who hurried about, carrying boxes and sorting food at the One Roof Alliance outreach.

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Georgia Power employees along with many other volunteers donated their time sorting food for Coweta Community Food Pantry at Newnan's One Roof Ecumenical Alliance Outreach on Temple Avenue.

Plant Yates Citizens of Georgia Power employees — as well as employees from around the company's Metro South Region — used Monday, a company holiday, for volunteer service and community enhancement.

“Everyone here is a volunteer,” said Rowe. “Our primary goal for today is to bring in all the food from our 40-foot container that we filled during our Can-A-Thon time. We’re trying to get as much inside and sorted as possible.”

Rowe noted that this year was a little more difficult than in the past. One Roof has had a hard time acquiring cardboard boxes to sort the food. “Our regular box company said that they were hit a little harder this year due to an overwhelming demand from other charities, so we’re figuring out how to adapt and overcome this obstacle. We’re reusing boxes that we might not have used in the past, and once this is over, we’ll figure out what our next move is.”

While volunteers worked diligently sorting and organizing the donated food, another handful of volunteers were lending a hand with some landscaping at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic on Jackson Street.

Coweta Samaritan Clinic offers free primary medical care to eligible uninsured residents of Coweta County.

Lou Graner, executive director of the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, was busy spreading pine straw with other volunteers.

“The Coweta County Hospital Authority has leased us this building for $1 per year and we’re an entirely volunteer-based operation,” said Graner.

“What you see us doing outside today is simply a reflection of our gratitude. We like to take care of the property — keeping the facility looking well managed and sharp.”



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