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United Way of the Greater Triangle Organizes MLK Day of Service Events

Over 2200 volunteers gave back at over thirty-five events in four counties.

MLK Day 2014-259RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK (January 20, 2014)—For the ninth year in a row, United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) hosted Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service events across the Triangle. Over 2200 volunteers supported over 35 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. “Today, we did so 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.”

UWGT partnered with North Carolina Central University to host the Durham County Signature Project on NCCU’s campus that welcomed 750 volunteers from the campus and local companies. The volunteers created 3600 individual soup mixes and pantry items, as well as hundreds of warm scarves, teddy bears and thousands of educational flash cards.

Residents of nearby McDougald Terrace will be the recipients of the proceeds from the Durham Signature Project.

A similar project with comparable results was held in Wake County at St. Mary’s School that included over 350 volunteers with the proceeds to support homeless shelters, food pantries, shelters for women and children, and early childhood education programs across the Triangle.

In Johnston and Orange counties, United Way hosted Community Reads Signature Projects that cultivated a passion for reading in young children. Over 100 family members participated in group readings and skill enhancing activities and every child received a new book to continue reading at home. Volunteers at these sites created flashcards, bookmarks, reading buddies, and other educational tools that will be shared with educational programs.

Over thirty additional United Way MLK Day of Service projects were happening with nonprofits across the Triangle. Volunteers oversaw building maintenance, small construction projects, gardening, painting and cleaning, delivering meals and many other activities.


About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

By working with nonprofit partners, corporations, community and county leaders, along with thousands of volunteers and donors, United Way of the Greater Triangle is creating significant community change in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina through an emphasis on achieving specific results and developing lasting solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues.

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