Members of the Leadership Macon Class of 2012 will hold a ribbon-cutting event Thursday to unveil new donation stations designed to raise money to benefit the homeless population.
The event, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Third Street Park, is part of the groups Power of Change program. The class has installed eight donation stations throughout downtown through which people can donate pocket change or use their credit card to donate to the program, said Jonathan Dye, a member of the class.
The stations resemble parking meters and are located at the corners of: Second Street and Cotton Avenue; Mulberry and Third streets in Third Street Park; Third and Cherry streets near The Rookery restaurant; Poplar and First streets in Rosa Parks Square; Poplar and Second streets; Mulberry and First streets near First Presbyterian Church; Spring and Pine streets; Fifth and Cherry streets; and Cherry Street and Second Street Lane.
Dye said it cost about $13,000 to buy and install the meters. Proceeds from the collection with go to the Macon Coalition to End Homelessness. The program is through a partnership of the class, the Urban Development Authority and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
Several local businesses are sponsoring the various donation stations. Many of those businesses, along with the Leadership Macon class members, will be hosting rallies at each meter from noon-5 p.m. Thursday.