An "A" to MLK Volunteers - a record 323 Participated!

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A to the record 323 individuals, groups and families celebrating “A Day On, Not a Day Off” in honor of Dr. King and his vision for a community united in service to one another. This partnership with Land of Sky Regional Council’s Senior Corps Program and United Way’s Hands On Asheville-Buncombe organized this inter-generational day of service, expecting 200 volunteers, but a record-shattering 323 people came together. The volunteer efforts resulted in amazing support for local non profits:

  • 48 no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus children in crisis.
  • 145 bookmarks to be inserted in donated books distributed by the POP Project.
  • 155 “adopt me” bandannas and toys for Asheville Humane Society’s shelter pets.
  • 200 math skills games for Buncombe County elementary school students.
  • 266 handcrafted cards of encouragement for local veterans and home-bound seniors.
  • 120 notes of thanks to local first responders — our hometown heroes.
  • 127 flashcard sets to help preschoolers learn shapes and colors.

Also, thank you to the volunteers and Volunteer Leaders who celebrated the day/weekend at our Knit-n-Give and OnTrack Flex projects. Overall, it was a tremendous day of service. Check out the photos.And coverage from WLOS.

Submitted to the Asheville Citizen-Times by David Bailey, Asheville

Bailey is president and CEO of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.