Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Committee is a resident volunteer initiative that advises HDDC on community activities and
works to build understanding, acceptance and genuine integration among the diverse community of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District and surrounding area. 

The Community Engagement Committee seeks to promote and implement Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of The Beloved Community, where individuals look past perceived differences in race, income and tenure to integrate under the commonalities and interdependence they share as human beings. In a sermon entitled “Being a Good Neighbor,” Dr. King noted “The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.” The Community Engagement Committee engenders this spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood that results in genuine inter-group and inter-personal living based on compassion and altruism. As Dr. King concluded in the same sermon, “We cannot survive spiritually separated in a world that is geographically together.”

In collaboration with Hands On Atlanta,  Over 60 volunteers came out for the annual 9/11 Day of Service to work on beautifying properties in the community with HDDC. Special thanks to our sponsors, Hands on Atlanta, the Atlanta Community Toolbank, Publix, GD Evans, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, and EpiCity.

In collaboration with United Healthcare, Atlanta Community Toolbank, and Truly Living Well Urban Farm, coordinated this community improvement project consisting of over 60 volunteers. Specific initiatives included painting the Henderson Place affordable housing buildings, planting a community garden, and improving landscaping at the property. Click here for more pictures.

HDDC honored Veteran's Day with a Celebration of Service project sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation. With volunteers from Hands On Atlanta, we began our renovation of an affordable home that will be leased to a military veteran. We had a fantastic team show appreciation of the sacrifice our veterans have made.

Collaboration with the Strong4Life event hosted by the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the National Park Service in the MLK National Historic District. We were happy to collaborate on this great cause of promoting healthy families, starting with children. They are our future!

In collaboration with Hands On Atlanta, a corporate group of 60 volunteers from Altria came out to help beautify our community as part of their annual Day of Sharing. We painted three homes and transformed the landscaping of two homes. This was a great team of people to work with and we are thankful for their contribution to our mission.

Service project coordinated for 4-H Youth from all over the country to volunteer at the Action Mission Ministry homeless center provided by Wheat Street Baptist Church. The 4-H Youth helped sort clothes and prepare food for the Action Mission Ministry's programs for the homeless in Atlanta. Each of the youth were given a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and challenged to make a difference toward social justice in their communities.