Augusta, GA (February 5, 2018) – The Turn Back the Block Board of Directors is proud to announce Lauren Dallas as their Executive Director. In this role, Dallas will oversee the non-profit which focuses on the revitalization of the Harrisburg neighborhood.
“I am attracted to the organization’s mission to revitalize the area as well as the incredible support within the Harrisburg community and Augusta as a whole. My first office in Augusta was in Harrisburg so it is fitting that I return my focus to the neighborhood.”
Dallas combines her recent experience in marketing and outreach with past experience in a number of other areas, specifically public relations, fundraising, and volunteerism. She was most recently with Episcopal Day School as the Director of Communications, and also served on the Augusta Sports Council team. She serves on the Leadership Augusta Board of Directors and is a past chair of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year campaign. In addition to her commitment to the area’s rejuvenation, Dallas brings a passion to improve the quality of life in Augusta.
We are currently working on homes in the Battle Row and Metcalf St. corridor. Turn Back the Block typically holds Block Parties/work days the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Block Parties are open invitations for the community to help us in the construction/renovation process as we work to fulfill our mission of revitalizing the Harrisburg Community. Anyone is welcome to attend!
We are always open to companies, civic groups, and churches who desire to sponsor a Block Party. Sponsorship can involve the donation of volunteers, services, goods, or financial assistance. Please contact us if you are able to help out.
We’re all familiar with the typical ground breaking scene where a few people in suits don hard hats and throw one shovel of symbolic dirt. Today was certainly not one of those days! Volunteers from Bank of America helped us break ground on our newest home located at 627 Metcalf St. They came with shovels in hand to help dig the footing for the foundation of the home, and they completed more work in a few hours than we thought possible.
Not only did they work hard, but they also presented Turn Back The Block with a $10,000 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, which will play a significant role in helping complete the home we began work on today. An affordable homeownership option for a deserving family will soon replace a once blighted home that attracted illicit activity – thanks to Bank of America and others who have contributed to the this new home.
As we begin this new project, Turn Back The Block would also like to thank Cheatham Fletcher Scott Architects who provided the construction drawings for the new home and revised them at their expense to fit site conditions.
Turn Back The Block would like to thank Reliance Worldwide Corporation/SharkBite, and Universal Plumbing for the donation of materials and the provision of volunteers for the plumbing installation at our newest construction project at 627 Metcalf Street.