Nearly 2,000 volunteers are needed to help with the annual Community Makeover on July 21-24.
Individuals, churches, nonprofit groups and businesses all are invited to volunteer for a variety of service projects.
"Join us in this outpouring of God's love and kindness and help make an eternal difference in Metro Atlanta," he adds.
Already, about 100 churches from the counties of Paulding, Cobb, Polk, Fulton and Douglas are involved.
At the conclusion of that weekend, a night of celebration is planned for 7 p.m. July 24 in front of the Paulding County Courthouse in Dallas.
"This year will feature participation on two Habitat for Humanity Builds, projects with schools and countless projects serving people with acts of kindness all over Atlanta," says Richardson.
"Don't sit on the sidelines, but play an active part in engaging Metro Atlanta with the love of Jesus Christ," encourages Richardson, who also serves as the outreach missions pastor for West Ridge Church, 3522 Hiram Acworth Highway (Ga. 92 near East Paulding Drive), Dallas.
"Wherever you are and whatever your schedule, you can get signed up for this summer's Community Makeover by visiting this link. Whether you serve for an hour or a day or more, don't miss this opportunity to engage your neighbor with the love of Jesus Christ," he says.
Throughout this month, "backpacks and school supplies are being collected at the West Ridge Church atrium to try to provide for more than 1,500 children to have what they need in the new school year," says Richardson.
"If you don't know what to buy or are short on time, you can visit the World Cafe on Sunday mornings at West Ridge and sponsor a backpack filled with supplies for $20," he adds.
Business leaders especially are encouraged to involve more of their employees by adopting a project or becoming a Community Makeover sponsor.
To "like" this page, you may visit here. Pictures and stories of Community Makeover projects may be posted on this page, and your Facebook friends can be invited to join a project team.
Sababu T-Shirts from Mali
This year a unique t-shirt has been designed for Community Makeover. The shirt comes from Sababu Conscious Clothing and has a special number on the tag. "You can visit the Sababu website, enter the number and find out who made your shirt," Richardson said.
The shirts provide a micro-finance opportunity in the country of Mali. Purchase a shirt this year at the World Cafe at West Ridge on the Dallas campus and support the Community Makeover, Richardson says.
"If you have participated in Community Makeover before and need to refresh a well-worn Community Makeover T-shirt, we are making those available at our cost," he says. "Grab another, get it messy and wear it out!"