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Alums make a difference on MLK Day of Service

January 19, 2010

AmeriCorps Alums Portland, Maine wanted to hold a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event that would address the economic downturn by redistributing goods and would encourage people to volunteer and interact, said Caitlyn Horose, the chapter’s leader.  Their efforts were captured in an article here by the Portland Press Herald.

“It’s a way to get people to engage in their communities and give back,” Horose said.

AmeriCorps Alums Southwest Pennsylvania spent MLK Day giving a make-over to Little Learning Lamp preschool in Westmont Borough.  The Chapter’s activities were covered by The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown PA — read the article here.

“This is a great way to bring people together to make a difference, and we hope it will be the beginning of an ongoing commitment to serve throughout the year,” said Jessica Pulliam, chapter leader and Windber resident. Dr. King exemplified civil rights, civic responsibility and uniting people of all backgrounds to act on community concerns, so there is no better or more meaningful way to honor his legacy than by serving others.”

AmeriCorps Alums Atlanta used their MLK Day of Service grant to improve the facilities at Dobbs Elementary School in the city. You can view videos of their day at

AmeriCorps Alums Washington, DC held a community event where hundreds of youth and family volunteers were engaged in making over 200 care packages to distribute to local shelters. The group also raised over $1000 for the Haitian relief effort and shared their reflections about service and Martin Luther King Jr. View this chapter’s pictures here.

These are just a few of the amazing highlights from alums across the country! You can see what other alums did on MLK Day 2010 here… and if you haven’t yet, please share with us what YOU did to honor Dr. King on Monday!

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