Volunteers to Revitalize Urban Garden During National Day of 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 will take place at Carmelitos Community Garden @ The Growing Experience, 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach, on Monday, January 19, 2015, from 9 am to 12 noon.

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.

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