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Lt. Gov. Garcia calls on Coloradans to volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

DENVER – Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 - Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia calls on Coloradans to volunteer this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16 to strengthen their local communities through service and volunteer activities. Garcia oversees Serve Colorado-Governor’s Commission on Community Service, the state commission responsible for leading Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities in Colorado.

 

“In Colorado we honor the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service as a part of the President’s national call to service – when all Coloradans, from all walks of life, can work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national and local problems,” said Garcia.

 

In partnership with nonprofit groups, government entities, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses, Serve Colorado is promoting more than 60 service projects in Colorado. Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence, and more. More than 1,000 people are expected to volunteer over 5,000 hours in service projects in 17 counties across Colorado.

 

Kaiser Permanente, title sponsor of the MLK Day of Service, is working in partnership with Metro Volunteers. They have organized over 30 projects with more than 600 employees statewide.

 

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday and projects are spanning all fifty states. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. National Days of Service provide Coloradans with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.

 

Service project registration remains open through Saturday, Jan.14. Adults and children can search for a project to volunteer for on the Serve Colorado website, www.colorado.gov/servecolorado. For more information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, please contact Jenna Hansen, at 303-866-6220 or jenna.hansen@state.co.us.

 

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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."