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Residents urged to volunteer on MLK Day, with dozens of service projects lined up

Rep. Patty Kim (D-103) and members of the Central PA MLK Day of Service held a press conference at the Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg.

In one week, hundreds of central Pennsylvania residents are expected to trade their day off of work for a day of helping others on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

On Monday morning at the Hamilton Health Center, members of the Central Pennsylvania MLK Day of Service committee urged community members to volunteer locally.

“Jan. 17 will be a day of impact where the community can come together and really give back and honor Dr. King,” said Rep. Patty Kim (D-103), a member of the committee.

For the 13th year, the committee has organized dozens of volunteer opportunities in the Harrisburg area, projects reaching to Lancaster and York. Activities will be in-person and virtual, with some take-home projects.

The theme for 2022 is “The Beloved Community: Ensuring Affordable Housing and Accessible Health Care.” Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg will host an opening ceremony at 9 a.m.

Events include making cards for hospitalized children, cleaning up trash, assisting with home repair and building garden boxes, among other activities. Volunteers can register for projects online.

Kim said that they could still use many more volunteers.

Additionally, there are five donation drives taking place on the holiday. They are looking for hygiene products, school supplies, clothing, bedding and pet care items for a variety of local organizations. See their website for a full list and donation drop-off locations.

Throughout the course of the day, the committee is also hosting virtual programming and presentations on the topics of housing, aging, legal assistance, LGBTQ inclusivity and public health. They are open to the public. A link can be found on their website.

“Let’s make next week a day on and not a day off, where we can be part of a community and interact with people we’ve never met before,” Kim said. “We can realize we have a lot in common and become a better neighbor, become a better community member, in Harrisburg and in the region.”

For more information, and to register for service projects, visit the Central Pennsylvania MLK Day of Service website.

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