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Photo contributed by Walker County Government / Volunteers from P52 help clean up a property in Walker County.

With 52 weeks in the year, the organizers of Project 52 make sure that not a single week passes without helping someone in need.

The organization, started 10 years ago by former pastor and Covenant College professor Chris Robinson along with a board of supporters, recruits volunteers from churches and youth groups, businesses and schools, even individual families to lend a hand with projects such as clearing brush or doing yard work.

Board member Beth Dotson said Robinson started P52 to help fill in any gaps in coverage by already existing nonprofits.

"We have so many nonprofits in our region that are wonderful and address a lot of critical issues that people have, but he just felt that there were people who can't qualify for a particular program that organizations might offer and people that might have a unique set of circumstances or didn't have the financial means or physical abilities to address their situation," she said.