Thousands of cities around the nation are helping to make the holiday “A Day On and Not a Day Off.” Hundreds of Athenians are taking part in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, but many more are needed. Most shifts are from 9 to 1 pm.
Broderick Flanigan is the chair of the MLK Day of Service steering committee. He says volunteers can choose from several different locations, activities, and options.
“From tree plantings to planting daffodils on loop 10 with Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Brooklyn Cemetery, they do a cleanup and restoration, Howard B. Stroud Elementary, they’re doing projects this year,” Flanigan said. “So there’s an array of different opportunities for people to give back and make their presence felt on this Day of Service.”
The day’s events begin with a kick-off ceremony from 8:30 to 9:30 at the Clarke Central High School Gymnasium. Volunteers are sked to bring a canned food item.