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MLK Day Offers Opportunities to Join Together in Service

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 8, 2018

Make the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday a day ON, not a day off! On Monday, January 15, join thousands of other locals in honoring Dr. King’s life and teachings by serving our community as part of Montgomery County’s 2018 MLK Day of Service.


The Montgomery County Volunteer Center and its partner agencies are hosting a wide variety of family-friendly service projects at three indoor locations for this annual event, providing residents of all ages with an easy and meaningful way to help others.


The largest site, the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (located at 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda), will feature dozens of service projects as well as a volunteer fair where participants can learn about nonprofits and government agencies in our region and their year-round volunteer needs. All activities in North Bethesda run 1-3 pm. Additional service sites are at the Silver Spring Civic Building (10 am-12 noon) and Seneca Creek Community Church (9-11 am). Visit to register for a specific project site or the volunteer fair.


Projects will vary by location, but will include opportunities such as packaging food for the hungry, crafting costumes for hospitalized children, making dog toys for animal shelters and service dogs, creating hand warmers for the homeless, and writing letters to seniors and military troops. Students will be eligible to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) hour credits for participating at any of the three locations.


Several of the Volunteer Center’s partner agencies will hold additional service activities throughout the MLK Day weekend, including Manna Food Center, which seeks volunteers to staff food drives at local Giant Food Stores, and Montgomery Parks, which is coordinating park cleanups and other volunteer activities. Find more details and more ways to serve during the weekend (and all year) at


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Media contact:  Lorna Virgili, 240-777-6507

Release ID: 18-439
Media Contact: Lorna Virgili 240-777-6507