Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 13, 2018

The City of Lancaster's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for the entire community to join together in the spirit of his legacy to help shape and transform the City through service.

2018 Volunteers

Volunteer registration for the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service  is now closed. Please see below for open projects..

2018 Projects

The 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project List

No Preregistration Needed

Antelope Valley Hospital Blood Drive

Various Days: January – May

Antelope Valley Hospital: Blood Donor Center, 44105 15th Street West, Lancaster

AVH Blood Donor Center accepts walk-in blood donors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. All blood collected at the AVH Blood Donor Center stays in the Antelope Valley.

 

American Heroes Park – Parks Improvement Project

January, 13, 2018

American Heroes Park: Main Plaza, 620 West Jackman Street, Lancaster

Time: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Volunteers will clean up the shrubs in the planters throughout the park, clean litter around the park, as well as paint areas in need of improvement. These enhancements will increase the park's aesthetic and functional value to the community. Bring shovels and brooms.

 

Illegal Disposal Canvassing Project

East Ave J 8 and Rodin 

January 13, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Volunteers will recruit additional volunteers for upcoming illegal disposal clean-up projects and share information to help circumvent future dumping to neighborhoods surrounding clean-up sites. The community will receive education on illegal dumping, hazardous waste and recycling. before venturing out in teams to reduce the amount of debris at their illegal disposal site to eliminate hazards that affect public health and safety.

 

Illegal Disposal Clean-up

Various Weekends: January – May

Site Name

Rodin

Valley Central Way

The Mound

Piute

Armagosa

Gifford Cole MS

Date

January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

April

May

Location

East Ave J 8 and Rodin & Challenger Way & E Ave J 11

27st West & W Lancaster Blvd

W Ave J 8 & 52nd Street West

East Ave H 8 & 5th Street East

Avenue H & 20st West

 

30st East & E Lancaster Blvd

 

Vol. Need

50+

50+

50+

50+

50+

50+

Vol. Ages

12 and up

12 and up

12 and up

12 and up

12 and up

12 and up

 

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteers will receive education on illegal dumping, hazardous waste and recycling, before venturing out in teams to reduce the amount of debris at their illegal disposal site to eliminate hazards that affect public health and safety. Volunteers will be encouraged to “Adopt-A-Lot” and help maintain the lot throughout year.

 

Jane Reynolds Park – Parks Improvement Project

January 13, 2018

Jane Reynolds Park: 716 Oldfield Street, Lancaster

Time: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Volunteers will clean litter around the park, detail the playground area, rake through the play area sand, as well as paint areas in need of improvement. These enhancements will increase the park's aesthetic and functional value to the community. Bring shovels and brooms.

 

Lancaster Adult Day Health Care (LADHC) Painting Project

January 13, 2018

LADHC: 858 W. Jackman Street Suite 101, Lancaster

Time: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Volunteers will help paint the interior of the LADHC. LADHC is a branch of the Antelope Valley Community Clinic, a non-profit servicing the underprivileged populations of the Antelope Valley. They provide services for adults with physical impairments, including those who have had strokes, traumatic brain injuries, other physical disabilities, mental illness or memory impairment. Rejuvenating the facility will increase the park's aesthetic and functional value to the community.

 

 Lancaster Municipal Stadium All-Star Game Day Preparation

January 13, 2018

Lancaster Municipal Stadium, 45116 Valley Central Way

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will paint areas in need of improvement as well as help with planting flowers and shrubs throughout the Stadium in preparation for the All-Star Game.  These improvements will increase the stadium's aesthetic and functional value to the community. Bring shovels and brooms.

 

Lancaster Performing Arts Center Painting

January 13, 2018

Lancaster Performing Arts Center Painting, 750 West Lancaster BLVD

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will paint various areas on the exterior of LPAC. These improvements will increase aesthetic and functional value to the community. Painters of all skill levels needed.

 

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve Clean Up

January 13, 2018

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve: 43201 35th Street West

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The project will open with a Park Ranger presentation on the Interpretive Center and Preserve. Then, volunteers will help clean-up litter from the Preserve trails. Participants will learn about the natural resources, wildlife and plant life indigenous to the Antelope Valley, and leave with an appreciation for the value of maintaining these resources through litter clean up.

 

Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park – Parks Improvement Projects

January 13, 2018

Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park: 43063 10th Street West

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Site Name

Group Picnic Shelter

Playground Area Detail

Painting Fencing

5/6 Bldg. Painting

Vol. Need

40

10

50

20

Vol. Ages

13 yrs.+

13 yrs.+

All

13 yrs.+

 

Just as Martin Luther King, Jr. was a unifying leader for our nation, Sgt. Steve Owen was a unifying leader for our community. Therefore, the City has a set of projects slated for Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park. Volunteers will be painting, planting, and updating many areas of the park. It is also our goal to have volunteer groups on the projects that would be able to commit to ongoing service at the park throughout the year. These projects will reaffirm our collective commitment to keeping this park a beautiful place for our community to celebrate life for years to come. Dress in clothing suitable for painting and planting.

 

Please register for the following projects by 5 p.m. on 1/12/18

 

Cedar Center for the Arts – Parks Improvement Project

January 13, 2018

Project Lead by Youth in Government

Cedar Center for the Arts: 44851 Cedar Avenue, Lancaster

Time: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Volunteers will help clean-up litter surrounding the Cedar Center in addition to painting areas in need of improvement on the interior and exterior of the building. These improvements will help rejuvenate the facility for the entire community to enjoy. 

 

 

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve Community Garden Beautification and Revitalization Project

January 13, 2018

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve: 43201 35th Street West

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The project will open with a Park Ranger presentation on the Interpretive Center and Preserve. Then, volunteers will assist in the winter preparation of the garden soil, raking of leaves, repair of planter boxes and more. This project will bring community residents together in a garden setting in our Preserve.

 Participants will learn about the natural resources, wildlife and plant life indigenous to the Antelope Valley, and leave with an appreciation for the value of maintaining these resources.

 

2017 Accomplishments

  • 18 different projects; 15 project sites.
  • 1,000+ volunteers. Approximately 150 volunteers at Owen Memorial Park, alone.
  • Collaboration with 5 sponsors and 20 nonprofit partners.
  • Expansion of the service event into arts education through the W. Kenneth Coleman: Love, Peace & Equality photography exhibition at MOAH:CEDAR.

 

2018 Sponsors

The City of Lancaster would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. For more information about becoming a donor or sponsor of any ongoing projects of the 2018 MLK Day of Service, please email mlkday@cityoflancasterca.org. or call 661-723-6077.

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HISTORY

In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. Click here for more information about the National MLK Day of Service.

For more information, please call (661) 723-6077 or email mlkday@cityoflancasterca.org.

 

 


Prime Desert Woodland Preserve Community Garden Beautification and Revitalization Project

January 13, 2018

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve: 43201 35th Street West

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The project will open with a Park Ranger presentation on the Interpretive Center and Preserve. Then, volunteers will assist in the winter preparation of the garden soil, raking of leaves, repair of planter boxes and more. This project will bring community residents together in a garden setting in our Preserve.

 Participants will learn about the natural resources, wildlife and plant life indigenous to the Antelope Valley, and leave with an appreciation for the value of maintaining these resources.

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve Community Garden Beautification and Revitalization Project

January 13, 2018

Prime Desert Woodland Preserve: 43201 35th Street West

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The project will open with a Park Ranger presentation on the Interpretive Center and Preserve. Then, volunteers will assist in the winter preparation of the garden soil, raking of leaves, repair of planter boxes and more. This project will bring community residents together in a garden setting in our Preserve.

 Participants will learn about the natural resources, wildlife and plant life indigenous to the Antelope Valley, and leave with an appreciation for the value of maintaining these resources.

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