Volunteer spots available for MLK Day service projects

Spaces remain open for indoor and outdoor service projects during Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20, according to Dan Hammill of the Whatcom Volunteer Center.

Bellingham city officials have invited community members to participate in a series of volunteer projects and other events to honor King’s legacy. Traditionally, the U.S. government recognizes the third Monday of January as a federal holiday to commemorate King’s birthday. The iconic civil rights leader was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to volunteer opportunities, the city—along with the Whatcom Volunteer Center, the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, as well several social service providers and local colleges—has organized the 3rd annual Poverty Action March, which starts at 11 a.m. at Bellingham High School and will proceed past City Hall.

Volunteers and marchers will be treated to a free breakfast at 10 a.m. at the high school. The breakfast will include a performance by the Kulshan Chorus and a visit by Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville.

“We hope this day of events and service will raise awareness and inspire action and volunteerism to help people in need in our community,” Hammill said, in a news release from the city.

For more information, contact the Whatcom Volunteer Center at www.whatcomvolunteer.org or 360-734-3055.

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