GA Power honors Dr. King with Volunteer Day at West Broad YMCA

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tradition of honoring Dr. King’s legacy began in 2000

On January 19, 2009, also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Day, volunteers from Georgia Power in Savannah will be continuing the tradition of ‘taking a day on, not off.’ “Our workers, retirees, and their friends and family members join us each year to honor Dr. King by giving back to our local community,” says Chan Dixon, Area Sales Executive for Georgia Power

This year the group has selected the West Broad Street YMCA for its volunteer efforts. “We couldn’t be more honored and more thrilled,” offers Peter Doliber, Executive Director. “We are in the process of renovating our facility and this really helps us make tremendous headway.”

Georgia Power began its tradition of honoring Dr. King in 2000. For the company and its employees it is a day to turn community concerns into citizen action. The tradition is carried on throughout the state with hundreds of volunteers par- ticipating each year. “Dr. King’s dedication to service inspires us to look for ways to improve the quality of life in our community,” adds Dixon. “We are very excited to be helping out the West Broad Street YMCA.”

This year the volunteers from GA Power will be joined by volunteers through Hands On Savannah, a project of Hands on Georgia and The United Way of the Coastal Empire. “We will be focusing on the landscaping of the Y,” says Shirley Sessions, Coordinator for Hands On Savannah. “We are excited to be a part of this wonderful day of volunteers,” she adds.

The West Broad Street YMCA began in 1947 under the leadership of W.W. Law, Ralph Mark Gilbert, and other civil rights leaders, when by law Black veterans were not allowed to use the local YMCA.

“We have made tremendous progress in the past few months,” adds Doliber. “To have GA Power here on MLK Day is so fitting. The Y has embarked on a Legacy of Hope Campaign so that we may serve the community. And GA Power is honoring Dr. King’s legacy by helping us.”

GA Power volunteers will help with painting, minor repairs, yard clean up, removal of broken equipment, and other debris to help prepare for the renovations. “They will accomplish more in one day than we could in six months,” says Doliber.

“It makes us feel great to have someone who really appreciates what we are doing,” says Dixon. “Our people really enjoy this day and to see the tangible results of our efforts so quickly really goes a long way.”

Along with projects like the West Broad Street YMCA, GA Power’s volunteers will also provide tree plantings, painting projects, support in local schools, Habitat for Humanity projects, as well as renovations on homes for senior citizens and low income residents across the state on January 19.

For more information, contact Shirley Sessions at Hands On Savannah (651- 7726).

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