City to Host Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program and Encourages Residents to Volunteer

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, held this year on Monday, January 15, is celebrated as a National Day of Service. Residents are encouraged to attend Richmond’s recognition ceremony, “In Pursuit of the Dream”, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Brookdale Imperial Plaza, located at 1717 Bellevue Avenue


This National Day of Service celebration is being organized by the city’s Office on Volunteerism (Neighbor-To-Neighbor) and the AmeriCorps program.


Invited guest speaker, Mayor Levar M. Stoney, will provide the keynote address. Other Richmond officials scheduled to attend include Richmond City Council President Chris Hilbert, Ms. Debbie Jackson, Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Human Services and Melvin Carter, Chief of Fire and Emergency Services.


Additional activities will include a service learning exercise from 9 – 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteers (including Fort Lee service members, city employees, residents and members of various local community groups) will fan out across the city to engage in the following service projects: Bryan Park Floodplain Cleanup, Broad Rock Community Garden Improvements, Charles Gilpin Community Farm, Evergreen Cemetery Beautification (note: this runs from 9 a.m. – noon), and Leaf Raking/Bagging for disabled seniors. 


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