Friday, January 17, 2014

City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Initiative Encourages Residents to Volunteer on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2014, is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday, which is celebrated as a National Day of Service. The City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Initiative, in partnership with AmeriCorps ACES (Action for Community Enhancement Services), Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and New Jubilee Heroes and Dreams invites Richmond residents to be a part of the MLK, Jr. Day “Servicing the Dream” program.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday is a time for us to remember Dr. King’s legacy and what he stood for,” commented Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This day is an opportunity for us to give back to our community and help keep his dream alive.”

MLK, Jr. Day “Servicing the Dream” program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, located at 3701 R Street. The event will feature Paul Manning, the City’s Chief Service Officer, as keynote speaker to be followed by a dynamic group discussion on the importance of volunteerism.

Beginning at noon, AmeriCorps, ACES members and University of Richmond students will provide maintenance work at the Boys and Girls Club. The volunteer day also involves students from the Richmond Preparatory Christian Academy who will help with outside yard work for seniors and persons with disabilities in the 7th District.

Registration is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Refreshments are available to the first 75 registrants. Please email Jennifer.Swinson@RichmondGov.com to RSVP. For more information about Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteer opportunities, please visit www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/VolunteerLocally.