EOA will Mobilize Area Residents to Volunteer on King Holiday

More than 70 volunteers are expected to turn out on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Savannah on Monday, January 18, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to make the annual Day of Service a day ON, not a day OFF by volunteering to paint and renovate the homes of elderly residents according to John H. Finney, Executive Director of Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County, Area, Inc. (EOA).

EOA has planned a day of service that honors Dr. King and helps further his dream by bringing Savannah residents together to address a local need through service. The renovation and weatherization of homes of lowincome seniors of the community is part on an ongoing effort of EOA to help reduce blight in our community.

The project is one of thousands taking place across the nation as part of the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Additional volunteers and donations of materials are still needed. Canned goods will also be accepted on the day of the project.

Scheduled to participate include: Delta Eta Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Alpha Gamma Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Delta Kappa Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Jack and Jill of America, Savannah Chapter; United Way Hands On Savannah; The Senior Companion Program of Georgia Southern University; SecureHorizons by UnitedHealthcare; The Foster Grandparent Program of EOA and The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of EOA; and Savannah State University Chapter of the Collegiate 100.

Business partners include The Home Depot, Abercorn St.; Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Store of Savannah, Abercorn St.; The Sherwin-Williams Company, Victory Dr.; The Sherwin-Williams Company, Ogeechee Rd.; Will’s Repairs, Zaxby’s Restaurant, Ogeechee Rd.

EOA, located at 618 W. Anderson St., is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide community based services which empower citizens to attain economic independence and a higher quality of life.

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