Yavapai County, AZ— Hundreds of residents across Yavapai County are expected to turn out on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday to make the annual Day of Service a day on, not a day off by volunteering. SERVE Yavapai, a collaborative of the Yavapai County VISTA Project and Yavapai County AmeriCorps Project, (http://www.ycvp.org) have planned a day of service that will leverage the strength of local citizens to address community needs and opportunities today, tomorrow and beyond. Volunteers in Yavapai County will join hundreds of thousand of Americans who are participating in MLK Day of Service projects in all fifty states. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday – a day that honors Dr. King’s legacy and commitment to transforming our nation through service to others. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to help realize King's dream of equality and opportunity for all, and to take action to address challenges in their communities.
“On this 40th annual MLK Day of Service, we are overjoyed to have the support of eight local organizations. Together, we are hosting this day of activities as a springboard for service throughout the year. Our achievements on this day will be many: we will engage over 300 people across Yavapai County in service; help communities county-wide improve their access to services that provide basic needs; address issues surrounding the local ecosystem and environmental challenges; concentrate on transportation improvement; and honor the accomplishments of our veterans and service men and women locally, nationally, and abroad.” said Margaret Garvey, Director of the Yavapai County VISTA Project. There is no more fitting way to honor Dr. King’s memory than by serving others, particularly those most in need. As Dr. King himself said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Kickoff
Monday, January 17, 2011
Prescott United Methodist Church, Agape Hall
Breakfast & Sign-In: 8:30 to 9:00 am
Kickoff Celebration: 9:00 to 10:00 am
Projects: 10:00am to 3:00pm
- Coalition for Compassion & Justice [PRESCOTT] – “A Facelift for Open Door”- Help create additional space for feeding and clothing people living in poverty, and to create a pleasant safe, supportive environment for people seeking basic human needs and CCJ’s weekly volunteers.
- Open Inn/Turning Point [PRESCOTT]- “Making the Turnaround”- Engage community members and residents in creating a more hospitable, organized physical space for clients and residents. This will include organizing the drop-in center, re-sanding and painting the shelter kitchen, and organizing office spaces.
- Prescott Alternative Transportation [PRESCOTT] – “Reclaim A Sidewalk for Safe Pedestrian Travel.” This activity not only improves the condition of an existing segment(s) of sidewalk, but also engages community members in the process to improve transportation means through documentation and advocacy. Activities will include cleaning, surveying and documenting sidewalk conditions.
- Prescott Creeks [PRESCOTT] - “Watson Woods Riparian Preserve” Engage volunteers in learning about Watson Woods restoration and water quality in the region through meaningful on-the-ground work that will contribute directly to the restoration of Watson Woods.
- Prescott Pride Center [PRESCOTT] - “Book It! Pride Center Library Integration Project.” The Library Integration Project is an opportunity for volunteers to help make the Prescott Pride Center's book and DVD collection accessible to public library patrons throughout Yavapai County. The project requires light work, including sorting, labeling, and copying library materials.
- Humboldt Elementary School [DEWEY-HUMBOLDT] – “Making Connections” Youth and adults from Dewey-Humboldt and Mayer will make cards and prepare care packages for local veterans and active duty service members at the Kate Garbar Community Center.
- Beaver Creek [RIMROCK]- “Connecting the Dots” Youth and adults in the Rimrock/Lake Montezuma/Beaver Creek communities will participate in a variety of projects including a pancake breakfast, cleaning up gardens at the Beaver Creek School along with the Hopi Garden at Montezuma’s Well National Monument.