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MLK Day: A Day of Service

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Robyn H. Jimenez | 1/20/2014, 11:44 a.m.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. ...
Attacking the slum conditions of an apartment building in Chicago, Ill., Al Raby of the Chicago Freedom Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and several Catholic priests use shovels to clean up wheelbarrows of trash and ashes from the basement and stairs on Feb. 23, 1966. Edward Kitch

As King stated, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

In whatever way one chooses to give, the purpose of the day is to give from the heart.

“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve,” King once said. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

There are several opportunities to serve on Monday. The following are a few suggestions for those living in Dallas/Fort Worth:

Martin Luther King Jr.

Birthday Celebration

Parade/March

The volunteers for this service activity will be engaging others in discussions about community challenges and ways to address them. They will also ask spectators about their dreams for Dallas and what they can do to make them possible.

Place: 3300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Contact: Kate Ball at 214-306-8400 ext 107 or kball@dallasafterschool.com

The Bridge

Volunteers are needed to help provide shelter for 325 individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as help with health care, job resources, benefit assistance and meals for at least 800 individuals per day.

Place: 1818 Corsicana St.

Contact: Hayedeh Jahansouz at 214-670-1128

Building Communities

Workshop

Participants will recognize local heroes of the past and present, share their stories, and issue a call to action to Dallas citizens for opportunities to support the causes and issues that these heroes have championed.

Place: bcWORKSHOP, located at 416 S. Ervay St.

Contact: Trena Lechleitner at 214-252-2900 or trena@bcworkshop.org

Take Up the Towel MLK CityServe Day

Volunteers can choose to serve lunch to parade watchers, sand and paint personal bookcases for children attending Cornerstone Baptist Church’s homework center, help children paint personal bookshelves at Lawson Road Baptist Church, participate in a prayer walk at George W. Truett Elementary School, or set up a prayer walk at their neighborhood school.

Place: 1819 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (approach from the north because streets are closed for the parade)

Contact: http://www.dba.net/cityserve

North Texas Food Bank

Volunteers will sort boxes, box or bag food that will be distributed to those in need of food services.

Place: Dan Morton Facility, 4202 Dan Morton Drive

Contact: Melissa Holman through www.ntfb.org/volunteer or melissah@ntfb.org

CitySquare

Volunteers will build wall partitions, participate in a neighborhood cleanup, and have coffee and conversations with homeless neighbors in the area.

Place: The Opportunity Center, 1610 South Malcolm X Blvd.

Contact: Elizabeth VanOort at evanoort@citysquare.org

American Red Cross

Volunteers will canvass neighborhoods in teams to provide fire prevention and emergency preparedness information to the community.

Place: Chisholm Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1515 S Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth

Contact: Tiffany Chu at 817-335-9137 x 225 or tiffany.chu@redcross.org

Project Transformation

Volunteers will paint, clean and organize children’s art room.

Place: 547 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Contact: http://www.projecttransformation.org

100 Black Men of Greater

Dallas Inc.

Volunteers are needed to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing each one’s diverse talents to create an environment where children are motivated to achieve and to empower people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the community through mentoring.

Contact: Robert Tapley at 972-898-0186

AARP

Volunteers are needed to provide companionship to patients and/or to the caregiver of the patient. This event could take place in private homes, nursing facilities or assisted living facilities.

Contact: Angel Heath at aheath@hospiceplus.net

Reading and Radio Resources

Volunteers record audio books for people with learning differences or visual, physical or reading limitations.

Also, a digital editor with computer skills and music/narration editing experience is needed to edit the recordings.

Place: 2007 Randall St.

Contact: 214-871-7668 or jane@readingresource.org

For additional opportunities to serve, visit http://www.allforgood.org. or http://www.volunteermatch.org.