2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is underway

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ST. PETERSBURG — The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board in collaboration with St. Petersburg College (SPC) has awarded approximately $200,000 to local organizations for service activities scheduled in connection with the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday on January 16, 2017.

With the help of then State Representative Darryl Rouson, this is the fifth year SPC has received funds from the Florida Legislature for the St. Petersburg MLK Day of Service.  These projects will involve nearly 70 nonprofits, organizations and public agencies as part of the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board’s annual effort to transform the holiday into “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board provides opportunities for groups, businesses and people of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities through a variety of one day and long-term initiatives.  Working with nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools and local agencies, the board engages neighbors in meeting critical needs in education, health, the environment, public safety, economic opportunity, neighborhood revitalization and other areas.

mlk day of service, communityThese projects include delivering meals to the needy, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, health education, promoting nonviolence and more.

The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to unite our community. It provides everyone an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle civic challenges and strengthen our communities.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit our website: www.spcollege.edu/mlkservice, or contact Dr. Shameka Jones, MLK Day of Service, Project Manager, at (727) 341-4601 or jones.shameka@spcollege.edu.

The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board is a local group of citizens, community leaders and business professionals that leads the annual MLK Day of Service in St. Petersburg, in collaboration with St. Petersburg College.

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