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MLK Jr. Day of Service 2014: General Volunteer & Team Sign Up

Hillcrest Drive Elementary

About the Day: MLK Jr. Day of Service is a powerful day of activism and reflection. Each year volunteers across the nation commemorate this day with meaningful service, learning, and remembrance. On Monday, January 20, 2014 more than 1000 community and corporate volunteers will make MLK Jr. Day of Service a “Day On, Not a Day Off” as they revitalize the campus of a Title I school Hillcrest Drive Elementary in South Los Angeles whose physical grounds are in great need of care. 
 
Research has shown that children learn better in an environment in which they feel proud and comfortable.  School gardens and gardening have an impact on science, math, social studies and language and visual arts.  In addition, the students have the benefit of learning teamwork and responsibility by caring for the garden. The students will also see first hand the wonders of fresh food, healthy nutrition, and benefits of exercise. 
 
As a Title I school, 40% or more of students at the elementary school come from families that are low-income.

Volunteer Project: Murals across the campus that are dated and peeling will be repaired or replaced, school buildings and grounds will be painted, and landscaping will be rehabilitated. While volunteers will work across the entire campus on the day, the focus will be on building an enlarged school garden. 
 
After the MLK 2014 Day of Service, participants will be encouraged to maintain a long-term commitment to service through volunteer opportunities connected to the new school garden as well as L.A. Works’ existing managed volunteer projects which will include activities that are specific to MLK Day of Service.  
 
Check-in: Please arrive at 8:00 am

Teams/Groups: How to Sign Up A Team. (This includes families). Volunteers are assigned to projects on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee that your group will be able to volunteer for the same project. To increase your chance of volunteering with your group, please come early and arrive together. 

Our corporate sponsors help make this event possible! Fiscal sponsorship is available for corporate teams who would like to volunteer together.

Minors
: Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian an L.A. Works 
Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. Volunteers under the age of 14 must have a parent/guardian with them. Volunteers under the age of 14 cannot create L.A. Works Accounts so parents/guardians must create a Team to sign up their family. See note above under the section "Teams/Groups." For groups of minors larger than 10 people, please have an adult chaperon for every 10 individuals.

Dress Code: Casual attire and sneakers (sturdy closed-toe shoes). Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Wear sunscreen, a hat and bring your own eco-friendly water bottle if you have one.

ParkingSchool parking lot at the corner of Potomac Avenue and Coco Avenue, entrance on Potomac Avenue. Street parking is also available.

Accessibility: L.A. Works firmly believes that we strengthen the social fabric of our community by involving all in service. If you feel you need accommodations to participate in this project please email us at info@laworks.com.

Benefits: 

- Be part of Los Angeles' largest day of service
- Teambuilding
- Breakfast and lunch
- Proof of service hours 

Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below.


If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN UP button.

*This project is managed by L.A. Works for our nonprofit partner and is led by L.A. Works Project Leaders. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.  



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