DETROIT, MI – On Monday, January 16th, 2017, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency’s (Wayne Metro) Community Corps volunteer program will mobilize volunteers from across Wayne County in a day of service honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This effort comes in conjunction with a national day of service sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and designated by the United States Congress in 1994. Volunteers across the United States will spend the day working to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move the country closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
The Community Corps brings together volunteers from organizations throughout Wayne County, including Team GMCares, Playworks Michigan, AmeriCorps, United Way for Southeast Michigan, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, and others, for service at three locations on the 16th: Fish and Loaves Food Pantry in Taylor, Operation Refuge Food Pantry in Inkster, and the Cortland Community Impact Center, home to Wayne Metro’s Project High Five Early Childhood Education classes, in Highland Park.
Volunteers will perform a variety of essential functions at these locations including organizing donated items for a community clothing closet, building storage shelving for food pantries, assembling classroom furniture, and refreshing community bulletin boards to help each organization better serve their clients and the community.
“The mission of the Martin Luther King Jr. day of service perfectly aligns with our mission at Wayne Metro: to empower people and strengthen communities,” said Louis D. Piszker, Wayne Metro’s Chief Executive Officer. “The ability for us to mobilize volunteers from so many different groups to help serve these important organizations helps us not only positively impact Wayne County, but to also keep Dr. King’s dream alive and well.”
Wayne Metro’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service projects are made possible by a grant from the Michigan Community Service Commission, whose mission is to build a culture of service by providing vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism. Volunteers interested in joining the MLK Day of Service can find more information, including a sign-up form, at WayneMetro.org/MLKDAY.