As you might have heard, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a National Day of Service. Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. 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.
VISTAs with the Florida Literacy Coalition are celebrating with service projects throughout the state. See what is going on in your area and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy!
Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee- Grand Opening of the Community Technology Center
Donna Johnston from the Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee is coordinating the grand opening of the community’s new technology center. FLAI is partnering with local RSVP members to welcome residents and demonstrate services that will be available to Farmworker Village and others in the area.
Location: Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee/Collier Housing Authority
1996 Alexander Circle
Marion County Literacy Council- Fire Safety
Mariangel Ayala from the Marion County Literacy Council has partnered with the Ocala Fire Department for the National Day of Service. The Chief will be giving a presentation on Fire Safety and passing out fire detectors to all students.
Location: Marion County Literacy Council
120 SW 5th St
Ocala, FL 34471
United Methodist Cooperative Ministries- Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Celebration for the Highpoint Community
Jaclyn Boland and the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries has been working with a youth leadership group in the Highpoint community to put on this cultural celebration event. Highpoint is a diverse community. This eventw ill give all cultural grousp the opportunity to come together. There will also be a choral reading of MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Location: Highpoint YMCA
5345 Laurel Place
Clearwater, FL 33760
Time: 7 pm
Literacy Council of Sarasota- A Celebration Honoring the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hank Hollins and the Literacy Council of Sarasota are partnering with AmeriCorps State and National serving Suncoast seniors and R.S.V.P. to put on this event. The event will be a daylong affair focused on literacy and diversity and geared toward school-age children (through high school). Leading up to the event will be a book drive with Senior Friendship Centers in six counties acting as new book collection sites (where seniors will also have the option to sponsor the purchase of a book for a youth). Each young person that comes to the MLK Day celebration will receive an age-appropriate book.
Location: 1888 Brother Geenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236
Florida Literacy Coalition- Parramore Clean-up with the City of Orlando
John Sanchez and Camille Davidson from the Florida Literacy Coalition will be working with the City of Orlando and Orlando Cares as part of a Parramore Clean-up Project on January 21.
Location: FAMU College of Law
201 Beggs Ave
To find more events in your area- go to www.mlkday.gov