Volunteers to come together to honor MLK, Jr.’s Legacy

by Jared Paben

Volunteers to come together to honor MLK, Jr.’s Legacy

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., December 1964, during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

AmeriCorps members in Bend also believe that people everywhere should have three healthy meals per day. Members serving through the Heart of Oregon Corps will be hosting their annual MLK Day of Service in conjunction with Feedin’ the People, an organization based out of RedTail Farm. Feedin’ the People and RedTail Farm work to grow produce and livestock with the hope of providing low-income families with fresh, quality food.

They'll be supporting those efforts by maintaining the facilities they use every day to reach out to the community. Project will include feeding animals, cleaning pens, helping in the greenhouse, mixing soil for the planter boxes and cleaning up the barn.

"We are thrilled that our AmeriCorps members, who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds themselves, have organized this MLK Day service project in Central Oregon to help provide other low income families with fresh quality food,” commented Laura Handy, Executive Director at Heart of Oregon Corps. “Community members will be serving as well, to work alongside AmeriCorps members to help maintain facilities on the farm.”

The Heart of Oregon YouthBuild Program will honor Dr. King’s legacy by helping the Boys and Girls Club of Redmond. About 15 students, four staff members and 5-10 volunteers will repair and paint benches and picnic tables, deposit cans and bottles that have accumulated and do landscaping and cleaning, if needed.

These are just two of the efforts underway for the Day of Service. People throughout Oregon will come together the weekend of Jan. 18-20 to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by working to improve their communities. The ‘day on, not a day off,’ will inspire Oregonians to do a variety of projects.

We encourage programs planning service events to post them at Serve.gov and be sure to include MLK Day 2014 in the name of the volunteer opportunity.

Need help planning a Day of Service Project?

See a project planning toolkit and other education resources at this link: http://www.oregonvolunteers.org/volunteer/mlk/

See more about the MLK Day of Service on the Corporation for National and Community Service's website: http://mlkday.gov/

Posted on January 10, 2014 in Day of Service.