United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center hosts thousands of service projects throughout the year. From soup kitchens to clothing drives and everything in between, Las Vegans have so many opportunities to give back. Of all the current projects available, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day beautification project at City Impact Center caught my attention.
For some, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is a free day from school or work. Most forget the actual purpose of the day. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. It is reserved as a time for Americans from all walks of life to work side by side to strengthen and improve their communities.
More than 200 volunteers pitched in to continue Dr. King’s legacy of equality, justice and peace for all. Children as young as five years old, UNLV students, Starbucks street teams and adults joined in the effort to celebrate the holiday by painting murals, cleaning apartments for senior citizens, landscaping the grounds and picking up trash around the campus at City Impact Center (950 E. Sahara Ave). I spoke to several volunteers to find out why it was important to serve on their day off and a single message resonated: to follow Dr. King’s footsteps by helping and serving others.