February 19, 2014 1 Comment
2014 MLK Day of Service
In conjunction with the City of Kalamazoo and in cooperation with Fifth Third Bank, Life EMS, Schupan & Sons, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and Western Michigan University we sponsored the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community-Wide Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2014.
“It is a great experience, it brings us together!” – volunteer
It was amazing to see over 300 local volunteers come together to serve various sites across the city. We organized this event to give opportunities for our volunteers to dedicated time & elbow grease to both strengthen our community and support our neighbors in conjunction with the National Day of Service and to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
At the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, two young siblings (picture above) were able to serve residents there with a smile on their face & a very enthusiastic, “on behalf of MLK have a great day!”
“It was a great experience giving back & served as a great team builder for our team!” – Volunteer
The Kalamazoo County Land Bank hosted volunteers to continue project updates on their newly under renovated Washington Square Revitalization Project. Volunteers also cleaned, organized & painted offices at Urban Alliance, Inc.
“What a great way to honor the day and meet nice people!” – Volunteer
Other sites, like Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes & the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference took advantage of volunteers sorting, stacking & organizing food and other supplies.
“I loved all the opportunities to give back to our community!” – Volunteer
For the outdoorsy types, the Stewards of Kleinstuck took advantage of volunteers who were interested in pulling & chopping invasive species from the Kalamazoo Nature Preserve. A chilly show of support, indeed!
Many children benefited from volunteers who went to El Sol Elementary & other local elementary schools to read and interact with the kids about Dr. King’s legacy.
After a few hours of service, many volunteers and Western Michigan University, KVCC & Kalamazoo College students gathered to march for Dr. King to the MLK park Downtown. The city commissioner & Mayor Bobby Hopewell gave speeches to the cold crowd who warmed up with hot chocolate.
Our day was a giant success and many residents non-profits in the Kalamazoo County area were greatly served. Browse more pics of our event in our Facebook album.
Thank you so much for making Kalamazoo such a special place to live, work & serve!