"The core of Together for Lincoln has always been its volunteers,"
said Dustin Fulton, preaching minister at Jefferson Street Christian
Church and public relations coordinator for Together for Lincoln.
"This year we are committed to creating a better environment for
them," he said.
Fulton says that after trying Saturday last year,
they are moving the project day back to a Sunday because it seems to
fit the community better. Organizers are also investing more efforts
in communication and team building.
"A day with so much happening will always have a certain amount
of chaos, but we think we will cut it down dramatically this year.
Especially if we can get volunteers to sign up early in order to
place them in projects that will fit their abilities and desires,"
During last year's Together for Lincoln, about 500 volunteers
invested a total of approximately 2,500 working hours in the
community. In addition, more than $22,000 in locally purchased
products was put into the nearly 100 service projects.
This year's TFL will include two main types of projects --
general projects and weatherization projects. The general projects
involve helping around the community with interior painting, gutter
cleaning, window washing, etc. Fulton says one of the best aspects
of these projects is that families are able to serve together.
"It is a great picture of intergenerational blessings really
flowing in our community," Fulton said.
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The second area of work will be weatherization projects. This
year, volunteers will focus on replacing all windows in a few
houses, rather than three to four windows in several houses, like
they did last year. The weatherization projects are funded through
donations that were matched by a grant from the Woods Foundation of
Lincoln and a grant from the Energy Assistance Foundation of
Decatur. Homeowners applying for a weatherization project will go
through an interview process.
Applications for both types of projects and volunteer
applications are available at State Bank of Lincoln's Wal-Mart
branch, Oasis Senior Center and all partner churches. The deadline
to apply for weatherization projects is July 15. General project
applications are due on Aug. 1. The volunteer application deadline
is Aug. 19.
[Text from file received from
Together for Lincoln]