Martin Luther King Day volunteering

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

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

Mayor Dwight Jones is calling for volunteers Monday. He's asking people to spend some of their free time giving back to the community.

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 and start a tradition while in AmeriCorps to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day on, as opposed to a day off."

People can volunteer 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. 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."

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

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