Monday, January 20, 2014 will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King's legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community.

***PROJECTS***


1st District – TREE PLANTING
Volunteers needed to help plant trees along 4th Street in downtown to help beautify the neighborhood.
WHEN: MLK Day, January 20, 2014, 10 am – 12 pm
WHERE: Meet at Bird Cage Café, 224 W. 4th Street (between Cedar and Pacific).
VOLUNTEERS: 10-20
TO BRING: Bring hats, gloves and sunscreen.
CONTACT: For more information call (562) 570-6919 or district1@longbeach.gov. Day of contact Isaac at 310 648-2692


7th District – TREE PLANTING
Volunteers needed to help plant, stake, mulch and water 15 new street trees in new sidewalk cuts on 37th St, 36th St, Wardlow Rd and Atlantic Ave. Part of Cal Heights ReLeaf Infill Tree Planting program with the California Heights Neighborhood Association.
WHEN: January 20, 2014, 9 am – 12 pm
WHERE: Volunteers should gather on E 37th Street in California Heights, adjacent to the Carl's Jr. at 3700 Atlantic Ave for check in and planting demonstration.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 15-20. Volunteers should be prepared to dig with shovels and lift up to 30 pounds. Cotton gloves and tools will be provided.
TO BRING: Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and hats or sunscreen.
CONTACT: For more information contact Cal Heights Neighborhood Association at roycelockart@msn.com. Day of contact John Royce at 562 208-9871.
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8th District – TREE PLANTING
Volunteers needed to help plant up to 40 trees in Scherer Park. The trees being added will diversify the park's ecosystem. Some of the trees are deciduous, allowing for shade in the summer and sunlight in the winter, as well as beautiful fall colors.
WHEN: MLK Day, January 20, 2014, 9 am - 12 pm
WHERE: Scherer Park, off of Atlantic Ave. between 46th Street and Del Amo Boulevard. We will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot off Atlantic by the North Police Substation. Trees will be planted in five locations throughout the park.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 100+
TO BRING: Work gloves and shovels, if possible. Participants should come prepared to do physical manual labor.
CONTACT: For more information call (562) 570-6685 or district8@longbeach.gov. Day of contact Heather Morrison 562-400-7362.
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9th District – NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP
Clean up of trash/debris in the vacant lot surrounding the soon-to-be-demolished Atlantic Theatre, and the surrounding Houghton Park Neighborhood. Preparing for the following week’s Uptown Renaissance Festival.
WHEN: MLK Day, January 20, 2014, 9 am - 12 pm
WHERE: Meet at the Atlantic Theatre, 5870 Atlantic Ave.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 25-40
TO BRING: Water, Gloves, Sunscreen
CONTACT: For more information call 562 570-6137 or district9@longbeach.gov. Day of contact Jeff 310 562-6665.
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What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Why Serve on MLK Day of Service?
Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live, creating the Beloved Community.

The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." - Martin Luther King Jr.


MLK National Day of Service - http://mlkday.gov