WeHo Offers Three Ways to Give Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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Weho MLK Day of Service. West Hollywood School Clean Up Jan. 2018. Photo credit: Joshua Barash

The City of West Hollywood is inviting the community to give back on National Day of Service, commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal Holiday on Monday, January 20, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Hollywood Elementary School, located at 970 N. Hammond Street. The city is joining hundreds of communities across the country for National Day of Service. It will offer three unique ways to participate this year.

Community members will take part in the West Hollywood Elementary School Beautification Project. Volunteers are needed to help perform various landscaping, clean-up, painting, and other beautifying tasks at the school. All tasks involve physical labor and volunteers are expected to be available to work a five-hour shift. Volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch. Space is limited and advanced registration is required to volunteer. This year’s event will also feature a special mural project at the school, sponsored by the City of West Hollywood. To register as a volunteer, please visit www.weho.org/volunteer.

Volunteers will collect non-perishable food items for the Jewish Family Service’s SOVA Food and Community Resource Program. There will be donation areas at the West Hollywood Elementary School Beautification Project event. For more information about Jewish Family Service’s SOVA Food Program, please visit www.jfsla.org/SOVA.

The City will accept donations of new and used clothing as part of its Clothing Drive for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Program. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is in greatest need of all adult sizes of new or lightly used dress clothes and warm winter clothing as well as brand new packages of socks and underwear. Travel-sized hygiene items and food/grocery store gift cards are in great need as well. There will be donation areas at the West Hollywood Elementary School Beautification Project event, or community members may bring donations to West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, through January 21. For more information about the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s programs for LGBTQ youth, please visit www.lalgbtcenter.org/social-service-and-housing/youth.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday was designated as a National Day of Service by Congress in 1994. Each year, the City of West Hollywood participates in this call to action. For more information about #MLKDay of Service activities and recognitions across the nation, please visit www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service.

Community partners for the City of West Hollywood’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service include Anawalt Lumber, Friends of West Hollywood Elementary, and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or please contact Larissa Fooks at (323) 848-6885 or lfooks@weho.org.

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