Local Organizations Come Together For Community Service

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On Monday, January 19, several Long Beach community and city organizations are joining together for a community service project at a North Long Beach urban farm to make it a “Day On, not a Day Off” in honor of the MLK National Day of Service. At this morning activity, all are welcome as adults, youth and families with young children can all lend a hand in revitalizing the a community garden area and refurbishing a greenhouse in honor of Dr. King. There will also be a remembrance and acknowledgment of Dr. King, the legacy of the civil rights movement and the history of the holiday.

Volunteers will clean up the greenhouse and shade-house, do general maintenance, weed removal, lay down weed fabric, etc. Participants are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and work gloves if possible. We will be outdoors so check the weather and be prepared with light jacket, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen if necessary. No technical skills needed, just willingness to work outdoors and get a little dusty!

The Long Beach MLK, Jr. Day of Service is Monday, January 19, 2015 from 9 am – 12 noon at Carmelitos Community Garden @ The Growing Experience, 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach 90805.

Organized by…
The Growing Experience
Leadership Long Beach
Green Long Beach
City of Long Beach
Office of Sustainability
Council District #8, Councilman Al Austin
Long Beach African American Convening Committee

Helping to highlight the historical significance of the day, William C. Barnes, a contemporary of Dr. King and a longtime Long Beach resident active in education, community service and leadership, will speak to the early days of the civil rights movement, nationally and in Long Beach. All groups involved value the history of Dr. King and how it relates to America’s growth as a society and our relations as citizens.

This annual service activity event honors Dr. King’s legacy and is an opportunity for residents to renew their own personal vows of citizenship through service to others. The project is in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service and is a collaboration of The Growing Experience, Leadership Long Beach, The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability, Green Long Beach, Councilman Al Austin of the City of Long Beach 8th District Council Office and the Long Beach African-American Convening Committee.

All are welcome to volunteer and join the celebration as Long Beach residents honor the MLK, Jr. holiday by serving the community and celebrating the work of Dr. King. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The volunteer efforts done throughout the city are some of the thousands of nationwide volunteer service activities as Americans serve their communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These other nationwide projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence, and more.

About:

Carmelitos Growing Garden: Located in north Long Beach, the Carmelitos Housing Development is a public housing development owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles. It has over 700 units of which 155 are for seniors and disabled adults. The Carmelitos Housing Community brings together innovative programs and services designed to improve the quality of life for residents and enable them to attain self-sufficiency. The garden is part of a 7-acre parcel of land within the development and is a community garden and gathering space where residents have the opportunity to grow their own food. With the help of the Growing Experience, the grounds provide a training space for educational events, workshops, and tours, as well as job training and skills development for low-income residents in the landscape and green industries.

Green Long Beach (Green LB): Green Long Beach!, a part of catalyst community, supports a green Long Beach by bringing together individuals and organizations for promoting environmental awareness through environmental education and outreach, community gardens and green spaces, green jobs and training, the annual GreenLB festival and other environmental based community needs.

The Growing Experience: The Growing Experience is a 7-acre Urban Farm located in north Long Beach, California, within the Carmelitos Housing Development, which is operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles. They grow vegetables and fruits year-round using sustainable methods, with no chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. The Growing Experience is a joint collaboration which started in 1996 between the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA), and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

Leadership Long Beach: Leadership Long Beach was founded in 1989 by some of our community’s most influential and visionary stakeholders. These founders envisioned the formation of a civic improvement program that would serve the community by educating and motivating leaders on issues important to the future and sustainability of our city. The leaders produced by the Leadership Long Beach program have shared experiences, associations and values that enable them to set imaginative, yet realistic goals, and achieve them through coordinated and effective strategies. Leadership Long Beach has three principled leadership programs – the Institute, Youth Leadership Long Beach and Executive Quick Start – as well as offers continual leadership and networking opportunities throughout the year.

Long Beach African American Convening Committee: The Long Beach African American Convening Committee is made up of more than 60 people from across greater Long Beach who have a vested interest in seeing the African American Community improve in Long Beach. The group is primarily focused on public policy that lead to system changes in Long Beach in order to improve the outcomes for African American is the city. The group meets regularly on a monthly basis.

National MLK, Jr. Day of Service website: http://mlkday.gov

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