“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Q. How can I be ‘great’ in January?
A. Give your time the morning of MLK Day on January 21st. You’re probably off of work anyway. And you can bring the kids.
A. What would you like to do? You can make teddy bears for kids who are living in shelters, pack hygiene kits for the homeless, collect and sort food and much more!
Q. Make teddy bears, huh? I’m not really that talented.
A. No worries – we have trained volunteers to show you what to do. But there are so manymore projects including painting, landscaping, donating blood, teaching adults computer basics, building a fence…plenty needing to be done!
Q. Okay, when and where?
A. We have over 30 projects throughout Durham, Wake, Orange and Johnston counties. Projects run throughout the day but most will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Some sites will have hundreds of volunteers working on multiple projects; others will have a handful accomplishing something smaller but very much needed.
Q. How do I find out more?
A. Just go to http://unitedwaytriangle.galaxydigital.com and scroll through the list of projects under “MLK Day of Service” to pick what suits you.
Q. Anything in it for me…besides being labeled ‘great’ and all?
A. Yes! When you sign up at http://unitedwaytriangle.galaxydigital.com we’ll make sure you receive a free MLK Day of Service t-shirt when you check in at your project.!
Q. And you promise this one thing will really make me ‘great’?
A. Absolutely! You’ll be great in the eyes of:
- The child whose parents shop at the food bank. When it’s the child’s birthday, he’ll receive one of the birthday kits you put together which includes donated cake, frosting, candles, plates, napkins and a birthday card.
- The budding artist at the Boys & Girls Club who is happy you primed the wall she’s going to use to create her masterpiece.
- To the man who lost his job, car and home during the recession who is thrilled to have a bag of essentials including a comb, deodorant, toothbrush and more that you organized.
- The senior citizen who is waiting at her door for the hot meal you will deliver to her that day on behalf of Meals on Wheels.
- And to those of us at United Way of the Greater Triangle and all 76 of our partner agencies who see the need daily, hourly and each minute…a need that grows and grows while supplies and help dwindle. We’ll hold you in our hearts. YOU ARE GREAT!
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