NCLR Joins Community Groups for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 18 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Contact:
January 18, 2013                                          Kathy Mimberg
                                                                    (202) 776-1714

WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21 by carrying out community service activities across the nation.  NCLR staff will join local nonprofit organizations that are members of the NCLR Affiliate Network in paying tribute to Dr. King through community service projects.  Members of the public are invited to participate in these service activities; a description of each project and contact information are listed below by state and community organization.

District of Columbia/Maryland

Maryland Multicultural Youth Center—Riverdale, Md.
Latin American Youth Center—District of Columbia

These AmeriCorps members will combine efforts and energy to present a cultural expression in gratitude and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  There will be music, poetry, dance and reenactments of his famous speeches.  The location is Buck Lodge Middle School, 2611 Buck Lodge Road, Adelphi, Md.
Contact:  Luis Quinones,


Association House of Chicago—Chicago, Ill.

AmeriCorps members will paint a mural, construct benches and craft blankets and bird houses.  This beautification effort will take place at Lafayette Elementary school. 
Contact:  Jeannette Igwe,

Instituto del Progreso Latino—Chicago, Ill.
There will be a clothing drive in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.  Please bring families who may be in need of clothing to the event on Monday, Jan. 21 during regular business hours to receive complimentary shopping bags and clothes.  This event will be held in the community room on the second floor of 2520 S Western Avenue.
Contact:  Yvonne Nieves,


Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe—El Paso, Texas

The AmeriCorps program will present an educational program to children about the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Child Crisis Center of El Paso, an emergency shelter for children who come from abusive households, have homeless parents or are experiencing dangerous living conditions.  AmeriCorps members will engage the children in activities and lessons that highlight the values of Dr. King and how they might apply to their lives.
Contact:  Rosa Silva,


The Unity Council—Oakland, Calif.

The Unity Council AmeriCorps members and the Park District will celebrate its Fourth Annual Day of Service that continues Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of improving lives, bridging social barriers and building community.  Volunteers will assist staff in restoration work and invasive plant removal in order to support and care for wildlife and their natural habitats.
Contact:  Laura Espinol,

Youth Policy Institute (YPI)—Los Angeles, Calif.
YPI AmeriCorps members will partner with the YPI AmeriCops VISTA program and Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars elementary school to host a national day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Members, students, parents and volunteers will paint the teacher’s lounge and complete a mural at the school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Contact:  Alex Gil,

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