Wiregrass organizations continue to help those affected by Katrina

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- In August of 2005, one of the deadliest hurricanes made landfall killing nearly 2,000 people and leaving millions homeless.
That's when the City of Dothan decided to step up and help.

Volunteers were busy repairing fences, pulling weeds, and power washing sidewalks on Thursday. (Source: WTVY)

"Diamond Grove Park was created for Hurricane Katrina victims. The land was donated from the City of Dothan and then the Oprah Network helped build the houses and fund them so we could put evacuees into them," Jason Black, construction manager/volunteer manager for Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity said.

Almost 5 years ago the subdivision and 14 houses were built - and now the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity is responsible for the upkeep of the land.

"Very important, I mean it's about humanity and helping everybody out whatever we can do," Black said.

The Ark and All In Credit Union saw what they were doing and wanted to help. The credit union gave Habitat a grant for $22,000 for repairs.

"Our mission is to enhance the lives of our members and community. This is just one of the ways we like to do that. Here giving back to our local Habitat for Humanity," Laurie Flanders, leader of sales and leadership development for All In Credit Union said.

With more than 40 volunteers repairing fences, pulling weeds, and power washing sidewalks on Thursday. The volunteers were reminded of the true meaning of people coming together to help their community.

"Our community is what we're here for. The community is what credit unions do. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here. We're member-owned so our members own our credit union and it's our due diligence as a credit union family to give back to the community that supports us," Flanders said.

Habitat for Humanity will continue the monthly upkeep of the neighborhood.

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