Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Volunteers Help “Makeover” City of Morrow Homes

"Bus driver, move that bus!” is a popular statement heard on a well-known home makeover television show. When the family hears the statement, they know the house has magically changed for the better. Some Morrow homes will be receiving a little “makeover magic” with the help of volunteers from Boston College during the week of Sunday, March 1, 2009 through Friday, March 6, 2009. The students are being hosted by the City of Morrow and the Morrow Business and Tourism Association.

During this first week in March, the volunteers will be working with the City of Morrow’s Code Enforcement Officer Marti Tracy on helping repair residents’ homes and yards. The homes chosen for the “makeover” have the greatest need for the help from Officer Tracy and the volunteers. While the volunteers are working on the homes, the families will have the opportunity to be treated like a V.I.P. at the Red Roof Inn in Morrow. Once the renovations are complete, the family will be brought back to their house for the “big reveal.”

The volunteers will also be participating in evening activities with members of the community. One of the evening activities will be “History Night,” and the volunteers will be taken on a tour of Morrow’s history with local historians. Other evening activities will include programs where the volunteers will have a chance to get to know each other. During their final evening in Morrow, the volunteers will be part of a celebration for International Women’s Day, which will be Thursday, March 5 at the Morrow Tourist Center. The celebration will be honoring the volunteers as well as The Conner's Honors program, where Conner's Florist will honor a special volunteer in the community.

The volunteers are visiting through a program called Volunteers for Communities. VfC is a program of the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (Southeast RCAP) based in Roanoke, Virginia. The program trains communities throughout the Southeast to host volunteers and to help build community leadership. If you are interested in this program for your community, please contact VfC at (276) 699-1493.

The Volunteers for Communities program a unique project which matches college student volunteers with communities in need of assistance with water and wastewater system improvements or economic development projects. These volunteers assist in a variety of ways such as painting houses and other buildings, digging trenches and laying pipes, and rehabilitating and weatherizing houses.

For more information about the Volunteers for Communities program, please contact Michael Sakowitz Twomey, President & Executive Director of the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, at 678-614-3824 or mtwomey@cityofmorrow.com. For more information about Southeast RCAP and VfC, visit http://www.southeastrcap.org/.
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