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MLK Day of Service
Help home owning senior adults
Martin Luther King day weekend every year
Here is information on how you can get involved with FBCD folks who will serve on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday weekend MLK Day of Service (both Saturday and Monday!).
HELP WITH REPAIRS
Volunteer now for an opportunity to help Decatur’s home owning seniors with needed repairs they cannot afford. That’s the focus of the service we participate in each year over Dr. King’s birthday weekend. Get a group of friends together to participate in a work session or sign up individually to join other FBCD folks. Sign up with Mai Cavalli by email or call her at 404-931-2394. She can put your name on a list of volunteers for this upcoming MLK Day of Service
HELP WITH FOOD
If you want to help out by providing breakfast items for the Monday volunteers, email Mai Cavalli or call her at 404-931-2394. A lot of volunteers need to be fed, so your donations are needed and will be appreciated!
Interviewing people who need temporary assistance (training provided)
Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) — provides groceries, help with utility bills, and help with prescriptions, Mon – Fri, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish, 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Contact Ann Murphy.
FBCD Assistance Ministry — provides public transit passes for individuals with proof of a job interview and for the first two weeks of a full-time job. Can refer to other agencies for needs that are not job-related. Leave a message for Eddie Campbell at the church office: 404-373-1653.
Making sandwiches for Open Door center — prepare sandwiches from a loaf of bread, cold cuts and cheese. Bring to FBCD staff break room freezer before 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday. Open Door is a ministry to homeless people. Contact Ann Smith
Making a meal for the men at Journey — Journey is a men’s shelter that helps homeless men prepare for education and/or work and permanent housing. A FBCD group prepares an evening meal, takes it to the shelter, and shares the meal with the homeless guests, staying around the tables for conversation after dinner. Contact Judy Powell. Find a Journey story and more about how you can help here.
Delivering meals to homebound seniors — Every Wednesday night volunteers deliver hot meals to senior adults who are not able to come to the building for dinner. Contact Bob Williamson.
Making meals for homeless women with children — One week per year different groups from the church provide a nightly meal for the women and children at Hagar’s House, a program of Decatur Cooperative Ministry. Contact Carla Stanford.
Daily sack lunch program in Welcome Center — Groups and individuals provide non-perishable foods for sack lunches for people who come into the church from the street. Each sack contains protein, carbohydrates, fruit, water, and sometimes a dessert. — Eddie Campbell – 404-373-1653.
Food Co-ops — Every Tuesday volunteers pick up food from the Atlanta Food Bank and bring it to First Baptist, where members of a food co-op divide it up according to the size of the family. These are people on fixed incomes who pay token “dues” to the co-op and meet together for mutual encouragement and community. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays — veterans. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays — senior adults. Contact Cliff Richards.
Habitat House Build
FBCD coordinates with partners in a Habitat for Humanity house build each year. Volunteers at all skill levels are needed and get involved.
The 2015 Habitat Build was held in October and November. A mother and her six- year-old son are the Habitat House family who own the 2015 Habitat for Humanity home.
Contact Austin Lee for more information and/or to be contacted for future Habitat for Humanity volunteer opportunities. firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-788-7522
Global Village Project — A high school for young female war refugees. Prepares the students for public high school or to take the GED. Tutors are always needed.
Refugees from the Chin state of Myanmar — Two different Chin language groups hold worship services every Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Decatur: Matupi Christian Baptist Church and Georgia Zotung Baptist Church. Provide friendship, ESOL instruction and encouragement.
Supporting good mental health
Verdery Counseling Center – A private outside entry welcomes counseling clients to a warm and welcoming space. The center is open to the public by appointment with highly qualified therapists. By appointment only. Contact Monique Wischusen (404) 369-1041.
Learn more about The Verdery Counseling Center here.
Assisting Senior Citizens
Martin Luther King Service Day
The church’s MLK Service Day team does home repairs and yard work for Decatur senior citizens to help them live safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes. Volunteers may work one or more half day shifts. Volunteer positions include home repairs, yard work/landscaping, cleaning gutters, transporting materials, monitoring and organizing tool inventory and more. Donations of sandwiches and desserts are also appreciated. Mai Cavalli.
FBC Decatur Clothing Ministry — Used clothing contributed by individuals is sorted and sized in preparation for distribution. Volunteers are needed for sorting, folding, and sizing at times when the clothing is not being distributed. Volunteers are also needed to assist the Clothing Room clients on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-Noon. Contact the Front Office at 404-373-1653 to sign up and be contacted by the Clothing Room team.
The Yard Sale
The Yard Sale, a Decatur tradition, is held on the front lawn during the fall. The sale helps fund the many mission projects of the church and provides scholarships to First School families, Camp participants and youth on an as-needed basis. The Yard Sale is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2017. Look for announcements about donations in the fall of 2016.