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Hands On Athens

Hands on Athens

The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundations’s “Hands On Athens” program will work on a dozen homes this April 11th, 12th and 13th. As in previous years, Hands On Athens provides free maintenance, repairs and landscaping improvements for low-income homeowners in the historic Hancock Corridor, East Athens and Newtown neighborhoods. The program is now looking for volunteers, of all skill levels, interested in working one or more half-day shifts during the project weekend!

This year marks a milestone for Hands On Athens, as it will be the 15th annual Spring Work Weekend. The program began with a neighborhood clean-up along West Hancock Avenue in the fall of 1999, and then three houses were worked on the following spring. Since then more than 100 homeowners have benefited from Hands On Athens and its tremendous volunteers.

Looking ahead, changes are coming for Hands On Athens after this Spring. The program will shift from focusing on one large annual effort to planning and carrying out work projects throughout the year. We will develop a database of eligible applicants to be matched up with volunteer groups, so that the program will be more responsive to community needs and offer volunteer opportunities on a regular basis. Fortunately, HOA was selected to participate this current semester in a volunteer management class within UGA’s School of Social Work. Two graduate students in the class are now working with HOA to create a volunteer development plan by the end of April. This is perfect timing, as we will utilize the plan going forward into the new fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014.

While most of HOA’s work is completed by unskilled and semi-skilled volunteers, HOA also depends on the community spirit of several outstanding contractors, builders and landscape professionals who donate their services and coordinate efforts at the various houses during work projects. Work to be undertaken this Spring includes porch repair; roof repair and replacement; siding repair; door and window repair and replacement; handicapped ramp repair and installation; exterior painting; and landscaping. Interior work is less common but has been carried out at several homes in recent years and will be a small component of this Spring’s HOA weekend.

Hands On Athens is administered by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, our community’s nonprofit historic preservation advocacy organization. Primary funding for HOA comes in the form of a Community Development Block Grant provided by Athens-Clarke County Human and Economic Development. Several local sponsors and private donors also give to the project annually. A number of local agencies, businesses and churches provide in-kind support so that we may help our deserving homeowners, many of whom are elderly and/or handicapped. Restoration of neighborhood pride and improved quality of life are the very tangible results of the program.

Anyone interested in volunteering during one or more work shifts of the April 11th through 13th project weekend, or later in 2014, should contact:

John Kissane
Hands On Athens Administrator
Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation
489 Prince Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30601
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