Archive for January, 2012

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this MLK, Jr. Day, more than 80 Yachad volunteers will put Dr. King’s statement into action. These volunteers will take the first step in putting faith back in people’s  dreams that their homes and community spaces can be made beautiful again.

Volunteers from Leadership Greater Washington, 6th & I, Adas Israel Congregation, YP@AI, Kemp Mill Synagogue, and individuals from Yachad’s volunteer base, will work on six projects throughout the city. This work will help more than 100 low-income DC residents live and enjoy safer and more beautiful homes and community spaces.

The projects that the volunteers will be working on range from single family homes owned by low-income, elderly Washingtonians, day shelters for the homeless, community spaces for HIV/AIDS counseling, and clothes and food pantries.

Work will range from plumbing repairs, laying floor, painting walls, repairing porches, fixing electrical, and installing grab bars. What is not completed this weekend by volunteers will be continued by Yachad’s ongoing construction efforts. Yachad is committed to not only providing excellent volunteer opportunities, but also a cohesive plan for each project’s completion.

This work is immeasurably meaningful for all people involved. Not only for the recipients, most of whom will be working side-by-side with the volunteers to do the work, but for the volunteers as well. Yachad’s mission of building bridges of understanding by building communities will truly shine this MLK, Jr. Day.

Homeowner to be assisted this weekend.

Volunteers working on a Yachad project.

These projects are supported by people like you. Please donate today.

Rising Sun Baptist Church Video

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

As you may remember from past posts, we have been working with the wonderful congregation at Rising Sun Baptist Church. We have sent quite a few volunteer groups to repair their parish house over the last year and this video, produced by the Pastor’s son, really shows what great work they will be doing in the space once we are done helping them renovate it.

Leadership of Greater Washington will be heading back over to the space on MLK Day and we are thrilled to have them!