LANCASTER – Mayor R. Rex Parris is calling on all Antelope Valley residents to serve alongside him at the City of Lancaster’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Saturday, January 19, 2013.
“This is an opportunity for us all to join together in the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy to help shape and transform our City through service,” Parris said in a city news release. “Please join me in rolling up your sleeves this holiday to work together and improve our community.”
Last year, more than 2,000 volunteers and local businesses showed their commitment to the community by joining the Day of Service.
Southern California Edison’s corporate giving arm has granted $5,000 toward Antelope Valley’s 2013 MLK Day of Service to enhance the impact of this annual community event.
“As more families and communities require assistance, we have accepted the challenge put forth by Dr. King to make a difference,” said Cathy Hart, Deputy Region Director/ Local Public Affairs, Northern Region, Southern California Edison. “Through combined neighborhood efforts, such as this, we are working to combat concerns in our community.”
Local residents can visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/mlkday to find out about local King Day service opportunities. Non-profit and service organizations, groups and individuals are all encouraged to sign up to volunteer. Businesses are invited to donate to established service projects.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The effort to make the King Holiday a “day on, not a day off” focuses on engaging Americans in service to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
More than 1.5 million volunteers served in 13,000 projects, which took place in all 50 states last year, including the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)