By Jaya Franklin
For this year's King holiday, Georgia Power employees will spend a day on, volunteering, instead of a day off, celebrating.
The employees will lend a helping hand by engaging in community service projects giving help to women, children and seniors in Clayton, Coweta, Henry, Butts, Douglas, Fayette and Fulton counties.
"Years ago, our president and CEO gave us a challenge to take a day on, instead of a day off, to give back to the community," said June Wood, assistant to the metro south region manager for Georgia Power.
On Monday, Jan. 21, in Henry County, the power company's employees will help out at a shelter for women and their children called Haven House. Volunteers also will be on hand at Dogwood Forest, an assisted living facility. Other Georgia Power volunteers are scheduled to work at a Friend's House, an emergency placement shelter for children in the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services.
The teams will perform several duties, including painting, outdoor cleanup, reading and playing games.
"We've identified projects listed in each county," said Wood. "We've asked employees to volunteer and invite family and friends," she said.
Elaine Epps, volunteer coordinator for a Friend's House, said Georgia Power is one of the organization's first corporate sponsors.
"We have been long-term partners with a Friend's House, for seven or eight years," said Epps. Epps said the volunteers will perform general duties inside the facility. "Many hands make light work," she said.
Employee volunteers also will make their way to Clayton County's Youth Empowerment Program Inc. The educational institution is a charitable, anti-crime, anti-drug and life-skills agency.
"Georgia Power is phenomenal," said Dr. Glenn Dowell, executive director of the Youth Empowerment Program Inc. Dowell said this is the third year the utility company has extended its volunteer services.
"They will clean, paint and work to assist us in repairs around the playground," said Dowell. "They're putting into action King's legacy through volunteerism," he added.
In the past, volunteers have painted the parking lot of the Riverdale facility and decorated the interior with borders.
One of the goals of Georgia Power's employees is to be citizens where they serve and give back to the community, said assistant region manager Wood.
"If all people were involved in the community on the day-off, a considerable amount of good would be done just on that one day," said Dowell.