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Lt. Gov. Garcia marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with AmeriCorps Book Drive

 DENVER —Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the state’s commitment to increasing early literacy by supporting the AmeriCorps Colorado Literacy Matters Book Drive.


“Martin Luther King Jr. believed in the ideals of strong families and neighborhoods through the gift of community service,” said Lt. Gov. Garcia. “AmeriCorps*State programs across Colorado have come together to organize the AmeriCorps Colorado Literacy Matters Book Drive to provide children with the simplest tools to better their education for greater success in life.”


Serve Colorado-Governor’s Commission on Community Service, AmeriCorps*State organizations, and AARP Colorado have joined forces with multiple community organizations to lead the AmeriCorps Colorado Literacy Matters Book Drive from Dec.19, 2011 through Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan.16, 2012.


Donations will support youth served by such organizations as Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition, and Denver Public Schools. Organizers encourage the donation of gently-used or new books for children of all ages.


Denver metro-area collection sites:

• Federal Center, W. 6th Ave., Denver
• NCCC Campus, 3001 S Federal Blvd., Denver
• State Capitol, 200 East Colfax, Denver
• Bayaud Enterprises, 333 W. Bayaud Ave., Denver
• Volunteers of America Mission, 2877 Lawrence St., Denver
• Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver-Wilfley Branch, 4595 Navajo St., Denver
• Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1445 Market St., Denver
• Greenberg Traurig, 1200 17th St., Suite 2400, Denver
• Mitchell Elementary, 1350 E. 33rd Ave., Denver
• Colorado Dept of Education, 201 East Colfax Ave., Denver
• TCF Bank of Montbello, 18520 Green Valley Ranch Blvd., Denver
• Denver Public Schools Admin Building, 900 Grant St., Denver
• Cake Crumbs, 2216 Kearney St., Denver
• Noa-Noa Espresso and News, 109 N Rubey Dr, Golden
• Webb Building, 201 West Colfax Ave., Denver
• Boettcher Boys & Girls Club, 1523 Boston St., Aurora
• Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver-Shopneck Branch, 1800 Longpeak St., Brighton


Other Colorado collection sites:

• Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut St., Ft. Collins
• United Way of Larimer County, 424 Pine St, Ft. Collins
• Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County, 340 E. 5th Street, Salida
• Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado, 1324 E. Highway 40, Craig
• Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County, 129 N. 4th St., Canon City
• Boys & Girls Club of South Park, 815 Castello, Fairplay
• Partners in Routt County, 1051 13th St., Steamboat Springs


Collection boxes will also be placed at the Serve Colorado booth during the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service Marade at City Park on Jan. 16, 2012 beginning at 8:30 a.m.


For a complete list of service projects or more information on the AmeriCorps Colorado Literacy Matters Book Drive, please contact Jenna Hansen at Serve Colorado, 303-866-6220 or jenna.hansen@state.co.us.




About Serve Colorado – Governor’s Commission on Community Service
Serve Colorado strives to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in Colorado. Serve Colorado works under the leadership of a board of fifteen Commissioners to distribute and administer Colorado’s allocation of AmeriCorps*State funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The current program portfolio consists of sixteen programs working to meet a variety of immediate and local needs throughout Colorado communities, including environmental stewardship, academic tutoring, youth mentoring, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and more! Additionally, Serve Colorado promotes volunteerism and service as a means to strengthen Colorado communities through days of service, special initiatives, and community partnerships.


About Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."


About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a National Service Program committed to meeting community needs in education, public safety, health and environment. In Colorado, there are 14,000 AmeriCorps members working to meet the needs of 1,470 national and local nonprofits by providing various services including tutoring and mentoring, providing health services, environmental restoration, disaster response, and volunteer recruitment and management. Since 1994, AmeriCorps members in Colorado have served more than 17 million hours in the community.