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