Event: Hands On Georgia’s Week of Service

29 09 2008

Hands On Georgia’s Week of Service is an annual event in which Hands On affiliates all across the state organize and mobilize volunteers in various events and activities in an effort to spread the word about volunteerism and meet the needs of all the communities in Georgia.

Hands On Georgia Week 2008 will inspire thousands of volunteers to address the multifaceted needs of Georgians through a variety of service projects designed to make a difference in their respective communities. From September 27 – October 4 communities will perform Hands On projects that address local needs as well as meet the desired interests of volunteers. Projects will include environmental clean ups, building restorations, wheel chair ramp construction, playground builds and tutoring sessions with children.

Hands On Savannah’s Week of Service activities:

Agency Spotlight: L.I.F.E. Inc.

Living Independence for Everyone Inc. (L.I.F.E. Inc.) is a small nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve equal rights, equal opportunities and integration into the community. L.I.F.E. Inc. is operated by and for people with disabilities. Our organization embraces the independent living philosophy. This philosophy is based on the core of independent living concepts of consumer control, self-advocacy, community change, and cross-disability participation. One of the bases of the IL philosophy is that everyone, no matter what his or her disability, has the right to make his or her own informed decisions.

L.I.F.E. Inc. was started by two women with disabilities with a vision for equal rights, equal opportunities and integration into the community for all people with disabilities. The organization started in 1986 in the home of one of L.I.F.E.’s co-founders. L.I.F.E. Inc. opened an office and became established in Chatham County. The organization grew and extended its reach into 10 additional counties. Through the advocacy efforts of its founders, L.I.F.E. Inc. was instrumental in bringing about accessible transportation, affordable, accessible housing and a home modification program to serve people with disabilities.

L.I.F.E. staff seeks to provide equivalent services to rural America. Living Independence for Everyone, Inc. is comprised of a team of eight dedicated staff, including four full-time and four part-time members. The staff is headed by an Executive Director, who oversees the general administration of the center. The Director is accountable to a Board of Directors. The staff currently consists of an Office/Home Modification manager, who is responsible for maintaining daily office operations, financial management, and coordinating the home modification and assistive technology programs. L.I.F.E. Inc. employs four Independent Living Coordinators. These coordinators provide the four core services of advocacy, peer support, independent living skills training, and information & referral. The Nursing Home Transition Leader identifies individuals in nursing homes who can live independently with the support of community based services and assists these individuals to transition back into their own homes. Over 51% of the L.I.F.E. staff and board are people with disabilities.

To volunteer call L.I.F.E. at (912) 920-2414.

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