Martin Luther King, Jr Day is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in your community. Join others in our community on Monday, January 16, 2017, who serve on MLK Day and throughout the year.

Help Columbia Springs maintain their recreational and educational facilities while having fun! This welcoming and relaxed volunteer experience features projects of every kind: tree planting, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, construction, and more. Then end the day with a fun activity; previous activities have included planting flower seeds to take home, weaving baskets from English ivy, building bird feeders, and guided hatchery tours. While registration is not required, participation is limited to the first 30 participants (those who registered prior to the event are given priority). For more information, visit Columbia Springs online, or sign up by simply dropping them an email indicating your interest to:

Clark County Parks is seeking volunteers to assist with a project at Whipple Creek Regional Park in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Participants will remove plant protectors from a mitigation planting site and cut blackberries from a future planting area. The volunteer event will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday, January 16. Please meet in the main parking lot at Whipple Creek Regional Park, 17202 N.W. 21st Ave. Parking is limited so volunteers are encouraged to carpool. The event will take place rain or shine. Volunteers should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Tools, gloves and light refreshments will be provided. To register for the event, go to Clark Public Works, Volunteer or call (360) 397-6118 ext. 1627.

On Monday, January 16, the School of Piano Technology will benefit from the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as 25-30 volunteers from Kaiser Permanente along with members of the Fort Vancouver Lions Club and other dedicated community members meet at the school to provide general maintenance, upgrades, and repairs to the school building, adjacent student housing, and school grounds. “For the last five years the school has benefitted from the services of these skilled, hardworking volunteers,” said Cheri Martin, Executive Director. “The range of jobs they plan to complete this year include installing new sheetrock, replacing ceiling tiles and light bulbs, power washing sidewalks and parking areas, and general yard maintenance, painting, organizing, and cleaning. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit and influence will be further felt through the generous donation of refreshments for the volunteers by Blind Onion Pizza and Paper Tiger Coffee. Those interested in volunteering should call the School of Piano Technology for the Blind at 360-693-1511 for more information.

This post: Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service Opportunities was originally featured on Clark County Live!

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