Nine Line Foundation is pleased to announce its initiative to construct a Veterans Village in Savannah, Georgia. We have partnered with the Chatham Homeless Authority to take on Phase 1 of their Cove at Dundee Project. This community of 24 homes will provide temporary housing to homeless veterans in the area. The community will include a community center and a self-sustaining hydroponics / aquaponics centers, which, in partnership with Georgia Southern University’s FORAM Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center, will train these veterans how to be self-sustaining through farming while also receiving educational ceritification. Nine Line Foundation is also partnering with other nonprofit organizations to provide food, clothing, and counseling to the veterans who participate in the program.
The goal of this initiative is to turn the lives of these veterans around, both immediately and for the long term. This initiative goes beyond providing a roof over the heads of veterans, it will provide them with the skills necessary to reintegrate into society, and to learn and grow as individuals. Simply put, this initiative is about providing healing and support to those who have given so much to this great country.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities – Every Saturday
Join Nine Line Foundation and Joe Marchese Construction every Saturday from now until the end of the year, as we get closer and closer to completing construction of our Veterans Village! We are seeking volunteers over the age of 18, with any level of construction experience, to help us lay the groundwork, assembling the structures, and putting the finishing touches on this project. We will have volunteer builds every Saturday from 7:00 am until 2:00/3:00 pm, at 75 Dundee Street, Savannah, Georgia (just off Wheaton Street, behind the pocket park) – the site of our Veterans Village!
Follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date on volunteer event dates. Thank you in advance to all of our incredible volunteers!
- All volunteers must sign up in advance so we can have an accurate lunch count.
- Preference is for those volunteers with construction experience.
- Please wear appropriate clothing (boots preferred) and bring your own tools. We will have some tools but bringing yours is most helpful.
- Water will be available and lunch will be served.
- There is a porta-let on site.
- We apologize but children under 18 are not allowed to volunteer.
- All participants must sign a waiver each volunteer day.
Initial Construction of Veterans Village – October 20th, 2018
Thanks to an overwhelming show of support from our community, we are one step closer to housing homeless veterans here in Savannah. On Saturday, October 20th, over 80 volunteers came out and dedicated their time to laying the groundwork for our Veterans Village project by framing walls and floors for the first phase of the Veterans Village initiative. Sponsors donated food, supplies, water, and more for these volunteers, who worked in the Savannah heat from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
It has been truly humbling to see the outpouring of time and resources towards this initiative. Some volunteers drove from several hours away, just to take part in this one day build, and others brought their children along to man the water stations, while also learning the meaning of giving back. We are truly appreciative of this incredible show of support for our veterans, and we look forward to many more opportunities to bring our community together for future projects like this. We’d also like to recognize the incredible partners and sponsors of this build event, without whom this would not have been possible!