City highlights volunteer opportunities in the East End for MLK Day of Service

01/15/2016 10:11 AM by

To launch the National Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in Richmond, the City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor office, UMFS (United Methodist Family Services), and AmeriCorps ACES invites the public to be a part of the “The Achievable Dream” program on January, 18 from 10:00 AM – noon at UMFS at 3900 West Broad Street.

The event will include a number of speakers and a Valentine Museum presentation on the impact Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had on segregation and integration in Richmond. The City’s AmeriCorps ACES Program will also lead a learning exercise for 100 participating youth on the importance of civic engagement and service to others.

Beginning at 1:00 PM on Monday, volunteers will spread out across the city to participate in various service projects, including:

  • cleanups at Gillies Creek Park and Cannon Creek Ravine,
  • constructing a new mini-park in Church Hill, and
  • performing garden improvements at Powhatan Community Garden, Owl Orchard Community, and Roots of Woodville Community Garden.

Contact Paul Manning at or call (804) 646-6528 to volunteer at one of the service projects.

Hands On Greater Richmond also has volunteer opportunities, although the workday at East End Cemetery has been cancelled due to the predicted low temperatures.



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