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Habitat for Humanity mobilizes city residents for MLK service


January 10, 2012

Hundreds of Pittsburgh residents are expected to turn out on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday to make the annual Day of Service a day on, not a day off.

Volunteer projects will include painting, repairing flooring, sorting books and toys for children, leading diversity workshops, repairing ceiling tiles, creating MLK Murals, and clearing debris and rubbish. Volunteers are also bringing items to be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to demonstrate another aspect of service.

Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with Pittsburgh Cares, has planned a day of service at the Burning Bush on the South Side Slopes. that will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems and advance King's dream of opportunity for all. Volunteers in Pittsburgh will join hundreds of thousands of Americans who are participating in MLK Day of Service projects in all fifty states.

This national day of service honors Dr. King's legacy and commitment to transforming our nation through service to others. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to help advance economic opportunity and take action to solve problems in their communities.

Hundreds of volunteers will gather Monday morning on January 16 to receive a complimentary breakfast furnished by local Bruegger's and Caribou Coffee. Volunteers will spread throughout the city to 15 different projects. Projects to be completed include painting at the Burning Bush on the South Side Slopes; 6 studios in a Hill District Dance Academy; serving meals to homeless veterans; repairing flooring in a Lawrenceville community center and painting over graffiti; sorting books and toys for area children; leading diversity workshops at the Duquesne Boys & Girls club; repainting and repairing ceiling tiles in a Blackridge community center; involving community children with the MLK Mural Project; helping to renovate flooring in a Braddock community center; and clearing dumpsters of material from the abandoned Oringer Building in Braddock.


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