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United Way to Host Ninth Annual Triangle-Wide MLK Day of Service Events

An estimated 2000 volunteers will participate at over thirty events.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK (January 15, 2014)—For the ninth year in a row, United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) will host the Triangle-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2014.  An estimated 2000 volunteers will support 34 community service events in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties with United Way Signature Projects taking place in each county.

“We are committed to bringing communities together to achieve real change,” said Mack Koonce, CEO and president of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “On January 20th, we do this in honor of Dr. King and the vision he exemplified—that together we can bring about lasting change to a neighborhood, a community, a state, and a nation.”

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, each of the four counties served by UWGT will host a signature project where hundreds of volunteers will gather to support our focus areas of education, health and financial stability with activities that range from creating soup mixes and other pantry staples to children’s literacy programs.

United Way will partner with North Carolina Central University to host the Durham County Signature Project on NCCU’s campus that will create soup mixes and pantry items, make warm scarves and teddy bears and create educational flash cards, in response to community requests.  Immediately following the event, UWGT and NCCU will participate in an Economic and Educational Empowerment Family Day where nearly 100 additional volunteers will present workshops on topics, such as interviewing, skill coaching for success and other empowerment topics.  Children will participate in reading and mathematical literacy activities.  Scarves, teddy bears, flash cards and pantry items created earlier in the day by United Way volunteers will be distributed to residents of McDougald Terrace.

The Wake County Signature Project will focus on community initiatives that will support homeless shelters, food pantries, shelters for women and children, and early childhood education programs. 

In Johnston and Orange counties, United Way will host free Community Reads events that will cultivate a passion for reading in young children.  Families are invited to bring their children aged infant to 2nd grade from 9am to noon to participate in group readings and skill enhancing activities.

In Orange County, the Community Reads event will take place at Extraordinary Ventures (200 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514) from 9am–noon.

In Johnston County, the Community Reads event will take place at The Clayton Center (111 E 2nd St., Clayton, NC 27520) from 9am–noon.

Thirty additional United Way MLK Day of Service projects will be happening with nonprofits across the Triangle on January 20.  Volunteers will be overseeing building maintenance, small construction projects, gardening, painting and cleaning, delivering meals and many other activities. 

For a complete list of projects and volunteering opportunities, please visit  Space is limited, please pre-register for any volunteer opportunity.

Any media wishing to attend a United Way MLK Day of Service Signature Event, please contact Chris Pfitzer at

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

United Way of the Greater Triangle is committed to being a catalyst for positive community change in education/youth development, financial stability (including homelessness and workforce development), and health (basic needs, access to care, and crisis response) within the Triangle region—Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina. 

Learn more about UWGT’s work at or find out about volunteer opportunities at