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Martin Luther King Day of Service is January 19, 2015

The 10th Annual Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. On Monday, January 19, 2015, United Way of the Greater Triangle will host over 2,000 volunteers among 30 projects located throughout the Triangle, including four signature projects.

Join us as we strive to make the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday “a day on, not a day off”. Find out all the details and sign up now at www.unitedwaytriangle.org/vol.

Community service opportunities continue during the Forty Days of Peace, an extension of MLK Day of Service, beginning January 20. Non-profits across the Triangle area will host additional projects through February 28, furthering the work of Dr. King by focusing on year-round community involvement.  United Way of the Greater Triangle will be the donation point for 40 Days of Peace book, non-perishable food, and baby item drives every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In Orange and Johnston counties, we will host Community Reads projects where families with children up to 2nd grade are invited to participate an event aimed at improving children’s reading skills. Each child that attends will have an opportunity to participate in one-on-one reading time as well as group story hours. In addition, young readers will work alongside volunteers to create learning tools like flashcards, bookmarks, and reading buddies to continue enhancing their literacy skills. Every child that attends the event will receive a new book. Volunteers will create additional literacy kits that will be distributed to community partners and in local classrooms.

Wake and Durham County Signature Projects will focus on addressing basic needs. Volunteers will create soup mixes, and other pantry items, to be donated to local agencies working to fight hunger.  Additional projects focusing on clothing and literacy will also be featured at these sites.