For the ninth year in a row, we hosted Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service events across the Triangle. On January 20, 2014 over 2400 volunteers supported 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. “On this day, 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.”
We partnered with North Carolina Central University to host the Durham County Signature Project on NCCU’s campus that welcomed 750 volunteers from the university 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.
Items created by the volunteers filled a community store, along with children’s books and coats for the residents of McDougald Terrace.
At St. Mary’s School in Wake County, over 350 volunteers created similar items to support homeless shelters, food pantries, shelters for women and children, and early childhood education programs across the Triangle.
In Johnston and Orange counties, we 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 learning tools that will be shared with educational programs.
Over thirty additional United Way MLK Day of Service projects took place with nonprofits across the Triangle. Volunteers oversaw building maintenance, small construction projects, gardening, painting and cleaning, delivering meals and many other activities.
According to Dr. King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” That philosophy of service to the community is at the core of what United Way does.
In addition to coordinating the thousands of volunteers for the MLK Day of Service, United Way is committed to a culture of volunteerism every day of the year. UWGT organizes over 19,000 volunteer hours each year at events like MLK Day of Service, National Volunteer Week and many others both large and small. Find out more about volunteering at the United Way.
January 20th also launched the Forty Days of Peace Food, Hat and Sock Drives. United Way of the Greater Triangle will collect non-perishable food items, winter hats, and warm socks to donate to our neighbors this winter through February 25. If you would like to participate, please contact Natasha Wayne.
Totals for all Triangle locations:
Companies providing Lead Volunteers:
Companies participating on MLK Day:
Community groups participating on MLK Day: