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Council Member Natalyn Archibong and Fire Fighters Union Present Checks to Kirkwood Cares

Post Date:07/19/2019 3:50 PM

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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July 19, 2019

Council Member Natalyn Archibong and Fire Fighters Union Present Checks to Kirkwood Cares

ATLANTA—District 5 Council member Natalyn Archibong presented a $2,500 check from her office as well as a $1,000 check from the Atlanta Professional Firefighters Local 134 to the Kirkwood Cares organization today.

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“In a time of gentrification across our city, Kirkwood Cares provides repairs and maintenance that enable seniors and legacy families to continue to live in their homes with dignity and comfort,” said Council member Archibong. “Kirkwood Cares is a remarkable example of neighbors looking out for each other to maintain and build stronger communities. This additional gift from the Local 134 Firefighters is very much appreciated. I am very passionate about servicing and giving back to our seniors and I am truly honored to be a part of this collaboration to assist Mr. Sanders.”

Many of the residents whose homes need repairs are referred by Archibong’s office. The money from today's event will be used to purchase supplies for repairs to the roof, interior ceilings and porch for Willie Sanders, 83.

Archibong firefighters 2“We are so thankful for the support and partnership that Council member Archibong gives to our community and to Kirkwood Cares. Our neighbors know they can count on her when they need assistance and we are honored that she trusts Kirkwood Cares to address their needs,” said Justin Schaeffer of Kirkwood Cares. “Mr. Sanders has lived in the same home in Kirkwood for 51 years. The generous financial support of Council member Archibong and the Atlanta Professional Firefighters Union will allow us to provide Mr. Sanders with a new roof, repair interior water damage, and repair unsafe front and back porches so that he can continue to live in a dry, safe, accessible home for many more years to come!”

With assistance from organizations like the Local 134 Fire Fighters, Kirkwood Cares can provide free home repairs to low-income residents in Kirkwood. The organization currently has 18 projects in Kirkwood and can continue to provide assistance with generous gifts like those presented today.

“We, the Atlanta Professional Firefighters, are donating $1,000 to Kirkwood Cares to help with building supplies. Kirkwood Cares has helped many of the low-income seniors in the Kirkwood neighborhood by providing critical repairs for Kirkwood residents. We admire how much they have helped our low-income residents of Kirkwood,” said Nathan Bailey, vice president of Atlanta Professional Firefighters. “Our firefighters didn’t hesitate to help out with the cost of the repairs. Council member Archibong has worked closely with Kirkwood Cares to help identify some of the residents in need. We are glad we can help out a few of our citizens in Kirkwood.”

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The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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