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National Day Of Service Project

By Staff | Jan 15, 2009

A national day of community service will be held Monday, Jan. 19, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Horizons Unlimited will benefit from that day of service.

“We are definitely excited about the day,” said Lana Williams, Director of Vocational Services at Horizons Unlimited. “This will be a great opportunity for people to get involved with a community service project. It should be a fun day.”

Volunteers are being sought to participate in the community service projects at Horizons Unlimited next Monday, Jan. 19. Work will be completed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“We have projects throughout the workshop and at residential facilities where people can volunteer,” said Williams. “These projects include painting at the workshop and at group homes and apartments; general maintenance and repairs at the group homes and apartments; and general cleaning at the workshop. Perhaps there are some mechanics who could change the oil in a couple of vehicles.”

Volunteers who can hold a paint brush, push a broom, or tighten a screw are encouraged donate some time at a Horizons Unlimited facility next Monday. Volunteers should bring long sleeved painting clothes and closed-toes shoes. Extra paint brushes and simple tools will be appreciated.

Volunteer can sign up online at the new National Day of Servcie website: www.usaservice.org A map of Northwest Iowa is dotted with flags which indicate community service events planned for Jan. 19. There is a place to sign up as a volunteer. Or, contact Lana Williams at Horizons Unlimited by calling 712-852-2211.

“People can come and go through the day on Monday,” says Williams. “They can work as long as they would like.”

Horizons Unlimited is a non-profit organization that provides residential and vocational services for adults with disabilities. Their mission is: “Pursuing a better quality of life for people.” The Horizons Unlimited workshop is located at 3826 460th Avenue (Highway 4), south of Emmetsburg).

National Day Of

Community Service

In 1994, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others. As a tribute to that legacy and the very real needs of our nation, the President-elect and Vice President-elect have launched a national organizing effort on the eve of their Inauguration to engage America in service.

The National Day of Service is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 19. Events are planned in communities all across the country for Jan. 17, 18 and 19. Goal of the day is to give all Americans an opportunity to volunteer for a day, with the hope of inspiring on-going community service that will last a lifetime.