MLK Day Of Service

January 21, 2013 by  

MLK Day Of Service, What: Speech by Darryl Brice, sociologist at Highline Community College.

Where: Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

When: Noon Tuesday.

Fifteen men and women pitched in Saturday and Sunday on behalf of an agency that helps people in crisis.

It was part of a remodel job at the YWCA Clark County office, but there’s another way to describe the project: a nice start.

Those volunteers were among the early participants in what’s become an annual “Day of Service” holiday weekend celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The biggest share of the projects are taking place Monday. Businesses, organizations and lots of willing hands are mobilizing this morning to assist worthy causes that include the environment, health care and nonprofit agencies that help people in the community.

At the YWCA’s office, 3609 Main St., the volunteer work will provide a more welcoming setting for women dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault or domestic violence. It also will eliminate some workplace hazards for the staff, said Sharon Svec, YWCA spokeswoman.

The volunteers moved furniture out of offices so crews could replace the carpets; then the volunteers put everything back.

“The carpet was stained by mold, but more importantly, it was hazardous,” Svec said. “There were buckles in the carpet, and it was not safe for visitors or staff.”

The work focused on the offices of the YWCA’s sexual assault program; its SafeChoice domestic violence program; and Women Offenders Rehabilitated Through Help (WORTH).

The Saturday schedule also showed opportunities to volunteer with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and work in the warehouse at Vancouver’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlet.

The biggest share of projects are scheduled for Monday, including the annual Day of Service program at Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. It features a keynote speaker and hands-on service activities that include assembling hygiene packs and sorting donated school supplies.

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