Edmonds teens make MLK Jr. Day of Service a day “on”

Jan 29, 2015
Courtesy of: Mike Williams/United Way of Snohomish County Students from the YMCA MAP program, including from College Place Middle School, serve at the Edmonds Senior Center.

On Jan. 19, over 300 teen and adult volunteers chose to make this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a day “on” rather than a day “off.”

Edmonds area students spent the day serving across the county, including students from Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale High Schools and College Place Middle School.

Additionally, students from Edmonds and nearby communities volunteered at the Edmonds Senior Center, where they helped clean and paint the facility.

Marking its sixth year, the service event featured 14 projects throughout Snohomish County.

Projects ranged from planting trees and park clean ups, to assisting food banks and senior centers.

And it’s not just the county’s teens getting in on the fun. This year, over 40 adults also volunteered and led groups of students.

“We look forward to the MLK Day of Service all year,” said Paulette Jacobson, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director of Snohomish County, sponsored by Catholic Community Services.

“Our Senior Corps volunteers work alongside teens, sharing their skills and experiences,” she said. “This intergenerational match-up is fun for both the seniors and teens.”

This annual day of service is a partnership between United Way of Snohomish County, YMCA of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services, Senior Corps-RSVP and United Parcel Service.

_For details on the event, including from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, visit www.uwsc.org/mlkday.php.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years.

In addition to funding 107 programs through 40 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.


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