By JEFFREY CULLEN-DEAN May 7, 2019

serve Coweta, volunteer, local improvements

Bill Reeves paints the chimney of a Pinson Street home as a part of Serve Coweta, a volunteer service initiative

Volunteers clad in green shirts completed service projects throughout the community as a part of Riverlife’s quarterly Serve Coweta event on Saturday.

“We do all this for people who can’t afford to do it themselves or pay for services. It’s an opportunity for all these folks to serve together at the same time,” said Melanie Reeves, director of Riverlife. “It’s so we can be a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

Volunteers came from churches, schools, and the Coweta County Juvenile Justice System.

The Serve Coweta projects included performing yard cleanup at Angel’s House, Coweta Pregnancy Services and a neighbor of Hope Global Newnan, aiding with food distribution and organizing at Bridging the Gap and painting a home on Pinson Street as a part of the City of Newnan’s Paint Day.

“We’re really hoping of making a culture of serving and that we’re truly one community serving together to make a difference,” Reeves said. “The best part of this event is that all these individuals and groups come together and all put on the same shirt, serving as one group throughout the community.”

Bill Reeves, also with Riverlife, said the purpose of the volunteers’ green shirts is to “see all of the groups come together as one.”

At the Pinson Street house, Bill Reeves and other volunteers provided landscaping work around the home and gave the building a new coat of paint.

“It’s a helping hand. I’m semi-retired so this is a big help to me,” said Ivonia Sutton, the homeowner. “If the house isn’t painted, it’ll look run down, and the houses reflect the neighborhood.”

Sutton’s home was selected by the Newnan Urban Redevelopment Authority for their twice-annual event to paint homes.

According to Bill Reeves, Riverlife’s goal is to connect people in the community to others who want to be blessed by providing outreach to people who need home repair.

The next two Serve Coweta events will be held on Aug. 24 and Nov. 30.