United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) will host the ninth annual Triangle-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan 20. Over 30 volunteer community service events will take place in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties with United Way Signature Events in each county.
Families are invited to bring their children aged infant to second grade from 9 a.m. to noon to participate in group readings and skill enhancing activities at The Clayton Center, 111 E. 2nd St., Clayton. The free event will bring together neighbors to cultivate a passion for reading in young children by exposing them to one-on one instruction, activities and tools they can take home to continue improving their reading skills.
“We are committed to bringing communities together to achieve real change,” said Mack Koonce, CEO and president of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “On January 20, we do this in honor of Dr. King and the vision he exemplified – that together we can bring about lasting change to a neighborhood, a community, a state, and a nation.”
Volunteers are also needed to read with and to children, help children create alphabet, emotion, and classroom word flashcards, help children create bookmarks, and create "literacy bags" containing a new book, flashcards set, and a small toy for children to use at home to continue improving their reading skills. Volunteers are asked to register at www.unitedwaytriangle.org/mlk.
Over 30 other United Way MLK Day of Service projects will be happening at nonprofit agencies across the Triangle on Jan. 20. Volunteers will be supporting community initiatives, homeless shelters, food pantries, shelters for women and children along with early childhood education programs.