CITY YER AND DO SOMETHING DAY PARTNER FOR THE LARGEST MLK DAY SERVICE PROJECT IN CLEVELAND
In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a federal holiday observed on by millions of Americans across the nation, City Year and Do Something Day partnered with several corporate partners and community organizations including Radio One Cleveland, HandsOn NEO, TRUE and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a day of community service. Over 700 volunteers convened at eight locations to volunteer with their time and talents to the Cleveland community.
Service projects included:
- Lonnie Burten Recreation Center : Sorting and packing donated items for military veteran families
- Glenville High School: Painting school bathrooms, stairwells, and murals
- East Technical High School: Painting classrooms and an indoor track mural
- Marion Sterling Elementary School: Painting classrooms
- Lakeside Men’s Emergency Shelter: Preparing and serving lunch to agency patrons
- Providence House: Presorting and organizing donated items provided to agency clients
- Glenville Seventh Day Adventist Church: Painting church rooms and neighborhood clean-up
- Gtr. Cleveland Downtown YMCA: Painting the facility free-weight room and hallways
Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon kicked off the event at East Tech High School by lending a hand along with 200 students and volunteers to paint several classrooms and a Dr. King inspired mural on the wall of the indoor track.
“We are excited, honored and humbled by the hundreds of parents, students, school employees, corporations and service organizations who served alongside our corps members and staff to help transform Cleveland public schools and the surrounding communities,” explained Phillip Robinson, City Year Cleveland executive director and vice president.
“Today is a shining example of what we can achieve when we work together,” states Do Something Day founder Simone Jones, True CEO. “This event started last year with an idea and 100 volunteers that believed they could make a difference. And thanks to incredible partners like City Year and Radio One, it has grown beyond what I could have ever imagined.”
“Participating today makes me want to do more in my community,” says Glenville High School student Lynricha Ervin. Over 175 students and volunteers worked together to paint several murals including images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, and Mahatma Ghandi. They also painted several bathrooms, classrooms and stairwells.
“As the need for service continues to grow, we honor Dr. King by supporting local organizations that give back and make a real impact on our communities,” said William Hall, ServeOhio Executive Director. “Ohio volunteers will use the power of service to strengthen economic security and make a difference in our local communities.”
This year’s event supporters include Villa, the Cleveland Indians, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Mr. Chicken, Porcelli’s, and Hot Sauce Williams.