Volunteers illuminate Warnersville community on King day

On Monday, local nonprofit organizations and volunteers teamed up with the Let’s Raise A Million project to provide and install free compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, in each home free of charge. Students from surrounding colleges and universities were the most well represented among the more than 200 volunteers.

After researching Greensboro and its low-income communities, Zim Ugochukwu (at right), coordinating director of Ignite Greensboro, helped in the decision to canvas the Warnersville community to encourage residents to adopt energy-efficient technologies.

“Light bulbs are the easiest way — I think — to opening up the conversation about what it means to go ‘green,’” Ugochukwu said. “When you can cut costs on what people use every day, it makes the conversation a little bit easier.”

Despite frigid temperatures, volunteers split into groups and went door to door for nearly two hours offering to either install or exchange light bulbs. Most residents weren’t available but the few that responded to the door knocks and doorbell rings were receptive to the project. The Warnersville community is known as Greensboro’s oldest planned neighborhood and was created in 1866 for free slaves. — Christian Bryant