Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Make it a day on...not a day off - honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service

Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, together with Land-of-Sky Regional Council Senior Corps programs, will coordinate a special MLK Inter-generational Day of Service in honor of Dr. King on January 21st from 9am-12noon. The event will include multiple stations where volunteers can participate in projects that directly support local nonprofits.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to create:

·         simple no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus clients
·         bookmarks to be inserted in donated books distributed by the POP Project
·         “adopt me” bandanas for Asheville Humane Society’s shelter pets
·         math skills flashcards/games for Asheville City School elementary students
·         handcrafted cards of encouragement for local Veterans and more.

This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity and participants are also invited to bring canned food items that will be donated to Manna Foodbank. 

How to Sign Up
For more information, including details about youth participation, and to register for the event, visit and select the “sign up” link on the homepage.

Additional MLK Volunteer Opportunities
You can find other Hands On Asheville-Buncombe MLK Holiday volunteer opportunities on our web site. Please visit the project calendar for more details on projects like:
·         Knit-N-Give Flex Project (Sunday, January 20)
·         OnTrack Flex Project (Monday, January 21)
·         Homeward Books Flex Project (Monday, January 21)

How Does Service Fit With the MLK Holiday?
The King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems.

·         Strengthening Communities: Dr. King challenged individuals to take action to lift up their neighbors and strengthen their communities through service.
·         Empowering Individuals: Acts of service can help others lift themselves up no matter what their circumstances, and it does so much for those who serve as well.
·         Bridging Barriers: Serving side by side, community service bridges barriers of inequality between people and teaches us that in the end, we are more alike than we are different.

About Hands On Asheville-Buncombe
Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way, makes it easy to lend a hand and help others in our community by volunteering with Asheville and Buncombe County nonprofits throughout the year. 

Visit and choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you: your passions, your skills, your schedule. Volunteer on your own, with your family, business or faith community.  With more than 200 short-term and ongoing volunteer opportunities listed in the online database, you are bound to find one that works for you.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Lee, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Volunteer Manager- 255-0696

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