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Monday marks the 25th year of the federal Martin Luther King holiday, and as always, it's "a day on, not a day off." Thousands of service projects—sponsored in part by the Corporation for National Service and America Serves—are happening across the country and they need your help.
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." Martin Luther King Jr.
In Compton, Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum will hold a day of service to refurbish the space to be used for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math lab. TAM’s lab will offer hands-on enrichment to build a plane, a wind tunnel, and form a robotics team. "Operation Hangar Cleanup" will include cleaning, painting, organizing, and preparing the space where students will learn job skills and build work experience.
Volunteers with Interfaith Works and Hands On NOLA will head up a restoration project at John McDonogh High School, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers will install donated chalk boards, paint the second and third floors, and refurbish classrooms.
2,500 volunteers, including 800 AmeriCorps members from across the state, will participate in the 18th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Summit. CNCS CEO Patrick A. Corvington will join the volunteers in boxing food to be distributed to more than 10,000 Atlanta-area families in need.
In the city by the Bay, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is looking for help maintaining public land. You can join thousands creating wildlife corridors, removing invasive species, and maintaining trees in Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, and Lands End.
As many as 75,000 volunteers are expected to serve in more than 1,200 projects throughout the greater Philadelphia area, the largest King Day effort in the nation. Among other projects, volunteers will refurbish computers and create digital access kits to connect low-income people to jobs, education, and emergency preparedness resources.
Volunteers with City Year Detroit will sort donations for needy families, pack books for Detroit Public Schools children, conduct housekeeping and yard work for homebound senior citizens, and pre-build 40 houses with Habitat for Humanity. Oh, and they need your help.