On Monday, January 20, 2020, HandsOn Sacramento, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of the Civil Rights leader. Staying true to the adage of the day as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.
We started the decade with the biggest MLK Day of Service in our 22-year history as an organization. With our continuing partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the support of our sister organization, HandsOn Bay Area, we mobilized 450 volunteers in 9 locations around Sacramento, Roseville and South Sacramento, all in the spirit of volunteering and giving back to the community.
Our efforts are well received by our Partner Agencies and Schools. The clients served by Seniors First Maidu and Manzanita campuses enjoyed interacting with our volunteers by playing bingo and sharing lunch and stories. They also beautified the campuses by cleaning, gardening and decorating.
62 rooms were painted at Volunteers of America in Mather. Volunteers painted 120 walls. 5 gallons of paint, countless paint rollers and brushes and lots of fun were splashed on to these activities.
We will never get tired of serving our partners from The Gathering Inn. Our second year on their Mid-Placer and Roseville sites was a success due to the extra TLC (tender loving care) provided by the volunteers. Some of their projects include painting murals, cleaning, disinfecting, weeding and gardening plants, assembling furniture and organizing materials.
Our second year at Saint John’s Program for Real Change also did not disappoint. The volunteers not only create a better atmosphere for the women and children of Saint John’s, they also provided entertainment for the kids.
Last but not the least, our South Sacramento sites are a big success. Special thanks to the school administrators and City Year members from Father Keith B. Kenny School and Fern Bacon Middle School. In our third MLK Day of Service with Fern Bacon, we help revive their teacher’s lounge, painted garden boxes and garden sheds, painted a pavement mural and general cleaning and gardening around the campus.
Our first year serving at Father Keith B. Kenny School was amazing. We feel the spirit of MLK not only through our projects but also because the school is in the epicenter of MLK Day events. Volunteers painted a mural, revitalize the playground, assembled buddy benches for the students, and beautified the school front by repainting the fire lane and gardening by the flagpole area.
This day is truly a “day on” for our volunteers and participants. As the biggest day of volunteering nationwide, MLK Day of Service provides an avenue for everyone to serve. We congratulate everyone who participated and thank them for a job well done!