100 Volunteers to Improve Seven South St. Petersburg Homes as part of National Day of Service
St. Petersburg – Over 100 Pinellas County residents will step up to serve as volunteers on the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday for Habitat Pinellas’s Day of Service. Habitat Pinellas volunteers will roll through the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) of South St. Petersburg providing exterior improvements to seven homes as part of the National MLK Day of Service, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in volunteer service.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has planned a day of service that will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems and advance Dr. King’s dream of opportunity for all.
The annual event honors Dr. King’s legacy and is an opportunity for Americans to renew their own personal vows of civic responsibility through service to others and engage in conversations to advance community goals.
For a donation of $19.64, volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, lunch and an exciting day with others giving back to our community.
Sponsors for the event include AmerLife, Bon Secour, Hertz, Jeff Coffin Painting, Khonsari Law Group, Lewis, Longman & Walker, Morneau Shepell, Sabal Trust, and Westminster Shores.
WHO: Habitat Pinellas staff, and over 100 Pinellas County volunteers will be participating throughout the day.
WHAT: National MLK Day of Service, sponsored by Habitat of Humanity Pinellas County and its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative will paint the exterior of five homes. The initiative is dedicated solely to the South St. Petersburg community. In partnership with St. Petersburg College, Habitat Pinellas has received a $5,000 grant to provide paint, supplies and organization of this event. In addition to this MLK Day of Service, homeowners residing in the CRA of South St. Petersburg can look to Habitat Pinellas all year long for affordable home repairs like roof replacement, structural, plumbing, electrical repairs and painting. For more information regarding this program and the qualification process contact Habitat Pinellas at 727-536-4755 ex 401 or visit our website www.habitatpinellas.org.
WHERE: 2200-2600 Block of 10th Street South St. Petersburg, FL
WHEN: Monday, January 21st, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed over 500 homes for struggling families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $27,000 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 350 to 450 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading, in turn, to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact 727-536-4755 or visit www.habitatpinellas.org.
About the MLK Day of Service
The MLK Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.