There will be multiple ways to give back to the community over the long weekend in observance of MLK Day, also recognized as a national day of service.
District 1 Councilwoman Catherine Rowell will join Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land for an event to beautify the Campbellton Creek Nature Preserve. The event will be held on Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. Participants should meet event organizers between Plummer Road and Riverside Drive in South Fulton. Parking is available in the Publix shopping center, to the left of Arden’s Garden. Registration is required.
Councilwoman Rowell has also partnered with the Cascade Business and Merchants Association to host a community clean-up event on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the Cascade Driving Range at 3250 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. This event kicks off a series of clean-ups on the Cascade corridor that will be held monthly. Registration is required.
Stonewall Tell Elementary, 3310 Stonewall Tell Rd., will host a Beautification Day on Jan. 17 starting at 9 a.m. The project, “Hands on Stonewall Tell,” is sponsored by the Junior Beta Club. Donations of bottled water and snacks are also needed, and can be dropped off at the school’s front office by Jan. 13. For more information, contact K. Hooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
District 4 School Board Representative Franchesca Warren will host a Day of Service benefitting Wolf Creek Elementary, Evoline C. West Elementary and Renaissance Elementary. Volunteers will help build gardens, paint inspirational quotes on school grounds and build a small library. Volunteers can select from multiple times and sites via the event registration form.
Additional opportunities to serve are available throughout the Atlanta metro area. Hands On Atlanta has several projects in need of volunteers. Participants can pack wellness bags for The Center Helping Obesity in Children End, repair wheelchairs for Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, distribute food to patients at Grady Hospital, and complete farm tasks at Truly Living Well, among other tasks. More information and ways to register are available on the organization’s website.
For those who may not be able to volunteer with an organization on Monday, opportunities are available throughout the year. Habitat for Humanity is in need of ReStore volunteers as well as construction and family services volunteers. Anyone interested can sign up for more information on the organization’s website.
VolunteerMatch also offers opportunities to get involved on MLK Day and beyond. Potential volunteers can search opportunities by zip code to find service projects in their area.
Photo: Councilwoman Rowell regularly hosts community clean-ups along the Cascade corridor. In 2020, she partnered with the College Park Skyhawks and community members for a clean-up in observance of MLK Day.
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