HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - NEW YORK CITY HONORS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WITH WEEKEND OF SERVICE
Volunteers Give Back to Their Community by Painting a Senior Center during MLK Weekend as Part of Annual MLK Day of Service
January 19, 2013 -- Habitat for Humanity - New York City hosted its 14th annual “Building on a Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to recognize Dr. King’s vision and continue his dream by organizing volunteers to beautify a senior center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative.
This year, more than 50 volunteers from 20 faith groups throughout the city joined future Habitat-NYC homeowners to honor Dr. King by painting the Lillian Wald Senior Center and making a positive impact on their community. The volunteers were among hundreds of thousands of people across the country who participated in the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of social justice and service continues to live on,” said Rachel Hyman, Acting Executive Director of Habitat-NYC. “This weekend, Habitat-NYC volunteers and future Habitat homeowners came together to honor Dr. King’s legacy by making a significant contribution to their community. Their hard work will help brighten the lives of visitors to the Lillian Wald Senior Center.”
Keynote addresses were delivered by Rev. Joel Gibson, Director of Member and Faith-Based Services, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and Sarah Diamant, Special Collections, Jewish Theological Seminary. Speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played in the background while volunteers painted, and a walk-through exhibit from the Jewish Theological Seminary highlighted King's work.
During the weekend, Habitat-NYC launched its 2013 Housing Covenant, the organization’s annual housing advocacy agenda. Priorities for this year include:
New York City
New York State
United States & International
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