For Immediate Release - January 16, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK DECLARES JAN. 17-19TH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WEEKEND OF SERVICE

Patrick, Commonwealth Corps Members to volunteer at Roxbury Community College on Saturday

BOSTON- Friday, January 16, 2009 - Encouraging citizens of the Commonwealth to give back to each other and to their communities, Governor Deval Patrick today announced he has issued a proclamation declaring January 17-19 th a weekend of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday marks the national MLK Day of Service.

"Martin Luther King Jr believed that every individual can make a difference," said Governor Patrick. "Let us honor his memory by seeing what he saw in us - the power to give back and the power to change people's lives for the better."

Recognizing the importance of volunteerism and civic engagement, Governor Patrick established the Commonwealth Corps service program one year ago today. Two hundred seventy four members are currently providing direct service to their fellow citizens and have helped mobilize nearly 2,000 additional community volunteers.

"Commonwealth Corps offers a wonderful example of the good that comes from cultivating and supporting opportunities for service," said Governor Patrick. "I am proud of each and every member and look forward to standing alongside many of them as we unite for a weekend of service."

Tomorrow morning Governor Patrick will join more than 60 Commonwealth Corps members as well as volunteers from YouthBuild Boston and the Red Sox Foundation to help beautify well-worn parts of Roxbury Community College. Projects include painting and light remodeling in classrooms and common areas as well as creating a mural in the College's day care center.

On Monday at noon Governor Patrick will take part in a National Day of Service event, Renewing America Together, at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. He will join other volunteers to put together care packages for soldiers serving overseas.

For additional information, please visit www.mlkday.gov; www.mass.gov/governor/commonwealthcorps or http://www.youthbuildboston.org/.

 

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