Montanans Volunteer in Honor of MLK Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2015
Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077

Commemorating MLK through Service
Montanans Volunteer in Honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service announced today that National Service members and volunteers across Montana will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by serving this January. AmeriCorps State and VISTA members and Senior Corps volunteers have organized MLK Day service opportunities in seven communities throughout the state.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Corps and volunteers will participate in Read for Peace projects that place volunteers in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. MLK Read for Peace provides college student volunteers, community members, and National Service participants the opportunity to spread the message of Dr. King to elementary school students in Montana.

Along with the Read for Peace projects, Energy Corps members have organized a residential weatherization project on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning. AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and volunteers have also organized food drives, an art contest, and a drive to benefit the homeless. For a map and full list of service events organized by these National Service members please visit serve.mt.gov.

“MLK Day is not only a holiday to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy, but also a day to make a difference by serving others,” said Gordon Bauer, an Energy Corps AmeriCorps member. “After scheduling 150 weatherization appointments for MLK week, it has become clear that people are in great need and are grateful to us for providing this service. I am very excited to help out where I can.”

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide. For further information about the MLK Day of Service visit MLKday.gov.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness. Visit serve.mt.gov.

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Marissa Perry
Outreach Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Community Service
Phone: (406) 444-9077
Email: mperry@mt.gov

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