OCS volunteers help build cottage for former Negro League player

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Dozens of volunteers from the 3-11th Infantry Regiment Officer Candidate School (OCS) will be on hand Saturday morning at the Midtown construction site for fifth Columbus Cottage recipient, Mr. Paul Jones, Sr.

The soldiers will be assisting the NeighborWorks construction team prepare the site for landscaping and final work for new home the former Negro League baseball player who lost his home to fire on Christmas Eve 2010.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Councilor Glenn Davis will present Mr. Jones with the keys to his newly constructed home in mid-April.

About the Infantry Officer Candidate School
Since 1940, the mission of OCS has been to train selected personnel in the fundamentals of leadership, basic military skills, instill professional ethics, evaluate leadership potential, and commission those who qualify as second lieutenants in all sixteen basic branches of the Army.  The school has five line companies, each company training up to 160 officer candidates during a class and conducts up to three classes a year.

About the Columbus Cottage Program
The Columbus Cottage Program is a public/private partnership made possible with philanthropic support from local foundations, organizations and community support.  Started in 2008, NeighborWorks® Columbus, Columbus Consolidated Government and local community leaders, sought to eliminate substandard housing for impoverished elderly citizens.  Since then, four cottages have been built for well deserving seniors. 

About NeighborWorks Columbus
NeighborWorks® Columbus', a community-based 501c (3) nonprofit organization, mission is to provide access to fit and affordable housing for all citizens of low to moderate income.  "We are very pleased that this contribution will allow us to continue to provide education and foreclosure prevention services to a number of families in Georgia," says Cathy Williams, President and CEO of NeighborWorks ® Columbus. NeighborWorks® Columbus' vision and deep commitment remains to improve the quality of life through the elimination of substandard housing and the revitalization of target neighborhoods.  For more information about NeighborWorks® Columbus and its services, visit www.nwcolumbus.org.

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