Looking for Something to do on MLK Day?

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many of you  will be enjoying a day off Monday for Martin Luther King Day. Some city leaders are hoping you will make it a day on instead of a day off.

Mayor Dwight Jones is asking people to spend some of their free time giving back to the community. Some people we talked to say it's a fitting tribute to Dr. King.

Moving boxes, feeding the hungry or loading trucks may not be what you were planning to do with your day off but city leaders are hoping you'll consider honoring Dr. King by giving back to the community.

Casey Reed has made volunteering an MLK Day tradition.

"I used to be an AmeriCorps member," she said.  "(I) started a tradition while in AmeriCorps to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day on, as opposed to a day off."

People can volunteer Monday at Bryan Park helping to clean up trash or help clean the playground at the Byrd House in Oregon Hill.

Allwyn Johnson was originally planning on hanging out with friends but he says he's considering volunteering.

"If I can find something to do, I might," he said.  "Otherwise, I'm just sitting there."

Federal legislation transformed Martin Luther King Day from a day of remembrance to a day in service in 1994. King was often quoted as saying "life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" People we spoke to today say volunteering is what Dr. King would have wanted.

"Martin Luther King Jr. himself probably would have appreciated, instead of folks just sitting around, actually going out and having a positive impact on our communities," Reed said.

"He wanted to help out in the community," Johnson said.  "He tried his best and I think that'll be a good way to represent him on his day."

Here's a link to some of volunteering opportunities Monday: