Hands On Charlotte Changes Date for MLK Service Forum

January 12, 2011 9:08 pm

Due to the winter storm that has caused Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to schedule a make-up day for the MLK Holiday on Monday, January 17, Hands On Charlotte (HOC) has moved the date for its MLK Service Forum from January 17 to Saturday, January 22, from 10am until 1pm. And, Hands On Charlotte’s annual MLK Week of Service will therefore extend from Friday, January 14 through Saturday, January 22.

The MLK Service Forum, to be held at the Grady Cole Center in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, is a public celebration of volunteering and includes on-site service projects, numerous collection drives, kids’ volunteering activities, a documentary screening, Volunteer Leader training, and information about year-round volunteer opportunities from local nonprofit agencies. It is the centerpiece of HOC’s annual MLK Week of Service, which offers more than 50 volunteer projects throughout the week for individuals, families and groups who wish to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through service to others.

The decision to postpone the MLK Service Forum from Monday until Saturday was made so that more families and youth could be involved. HOC is estimating that as many as 1,000 attendees will participate in some aspect of the Forum.

Meanwhile, other elements of the MLK Week of Service will take place as planned. These include more than 50 volunteer projects, documentary screenings and discussions, and Volunteer Leader training sessions. The projects and events are open to the public, and up-to-date information about all aspects of the MLK Week of Service, including the MLK Service Forum, can be found online at www.handsoncharlotte.org.

The MLK Week of Service and the MLK Service Forum will kick off Hands On Charlotte’s 20th-anniversary celebration. Hands On Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer service organization, founded in 1991, that promotes volunteerism and direct community service to meet Charlotte’s most critical needs. Our mission is to strengthen our community and enrich lives by mobilizing a diverse corps of citizens in direct, volunteer service.

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