PHOTO: Jasmine Bell (left) and Magda Gonzales volunteered to spread mulch on the playground of The Children’s Village at Christian City on MLK Day. Photo by Larry Regier
For many Georgia Power employees, the federal holiday to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” 28 employees from Georgia Power’s Metro South Region arrived at Christian City early Monday morning to serve the children and senior adults who live on the 500-acre Christian City campus in Union City, just south of the Atlanta Airport.
According to volunteer team leader and Atlanta native, David Herring, the program is facilitated through the Citizens of Georgia Power group, which encourages employees to sign up to volunteer in the community throughout the year. “We have ten different projects going on throughout the Metro South Region today,” Herring said.
Christian City President and CEO, Len Romano, welcomed the volunteers and expressed his gratitude for their choice to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by serving at Christian City. “Dr. King made a difference not just in the United States, but around the world,” Romano said. “Through your volunteer service at Christian City, you are helping us provide life-changing hope for the victims of child abuse and the hundreds of senior adults who live on our campus.”
According to Connie Hall, Christian City’s volunteer coordinator, this is the twelfth year that a group from Georgia Power has volunteered on the Christian City campus. “You are our life savers,” she said in welcoming the employees.
The volunteers divided into three groups to assist with playground landscaping at the Children’s Village, finishing a shed in the community garden, and taking inventory at a storage facility on the Christian City campus. Several employees brought their children along for hands-on learning about the importance of serving in the community.
Bill Davenport, Georgia Power’s Metro South Area Manager and member of the Christian City Board of Trustees, commented, “We are citizens where we serve at Georgia Power, and this group is pleased to serve Christian City on our “Day On, Not a Day Off” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017.”
About Christian City
Christian City is a non-denominational, non-profit organization established more than 50 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day in 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents living at Christian City, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus now includes the Children’s Village, four subdivisions of patio homes for active senior adults, four subsidized apartment complexes for seniors, a thrift store, a 150-bed assisted living/personal care home, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Christian City is located in Union City, nine miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.