City to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with 'Day of Service'

Mayor urges Palo Alto residents to volunteer on Monday, Jan. 17

The City of Palo Alto will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 17, with a day of community service.

"This is going to be an exciting day for Palo Alto and the broader community. We're encouraging everyone to get out there and do a service project during the holiday weekend," Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa said in a press release.

"There's something for everyone, so I hope to see a great mix of individuals, families, students, teachers, seniors, nonprofits, service organizations, faith-based groups, and members of the business community join me in volunteering on this day of service."

The city and the group Youth Community Service will accept donations of food and coats at Lytton Plaza on University Avenue Monday from noon to 3 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto plans to be at the plaza signing up volunteers for future service projects.

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will offer more than 25 volunteer opportunities Monday as part of its "Mitzvah Day." Projects range from habitat restoration, making cat toys and dog biscuits for homeless pets, visiting seniors, serving meals at a shelter and working on crafts for hospitalized children to helping with the creation of a library in Botswana.

Sign ups and information about the volunteer projects are available at the JCC website.

Jan. 17, 2011, marks the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday.

More information about the Palo Alto MLK Day of Service is available at the city's website.

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Posted by I'm in
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Lots of important projects there. If you don't want tax dollars to pay for all our essential services, then volunteer some of your time instead.

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