January 24, 2014
In his "I Have a Dream" speech of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged a divided nation to unite, and called for citizens to work together for a more just society. We celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy today by carrying on in the spirit of his work, serving communities and spreading hope.
This week, more than 2,200 team members across the U.S. stepped up to volunteer in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The volunteers gave a collective 13,000 hours of their time for local projects in their communities, including cleaning up schools and parks, assembling furniture, painting murals and organizing food donations.
In Chicago, team members painted a mural at the McGaw YMCA (pictured above, bottom right) as part of the Chicago Cares Celebration of Service. More than 1,200 team members volunteered across 14 sites across the Windy City, constructing lights, building murals and mosaics, and doing crafts and games with seniors and adults with developmental disabilities.
Team members in Minneapolis sorted donations for Steeple People, a local discount store that supports the community (pictured above, top right). Volunteers also worked on projects throughout Twin Cities, including cleaning and painting homes, food preparation, blanket making, building beautification and bake sales with youth.
In Washington, D.C., our volunteers bundled books for students and helped make over the teachers’ lounge at Amidon Bowen Elementary School, while team members in Boston assembled toddler beds at a local gym as part of the Boston Cares volunteer project.
In Philadelphia, 170 Target volunteers created a giant butterfly mosaic for COSACOSA’s Hope Garden, a new public space transforming five abandoned lots. Other projects included sorting books and school supplies, tutoring students and writing thank-you cards for veterans.
And more than 100 team members lay mulch and woodchips, rake leaves and clean up Chastain Park, the largest city park in Atlanta (pictured above, left). The project was part of Hands On Atlanta’s event, which spanned 60 project sites across the city.
Our team member volunteers serve hundreds of thousands of hours in their communities each year. Visit Volunteerism to see more of the projects they lead and support all year long.
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