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United Way Weekend of Service

Volunteers sign up for projects honoring King

1/14/2020, 2:43 p.m.
. In addition to honoring Dr. King’s legacy, the local nonprofit celebrates its historic role in strengthening schools, families and ...
Volunteers honor the legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating with SOLVE in the United Way’s MLK Weekend of Service picking up litter on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Sixty community projects are part of this year’s weekend of service and you can still signup at unitedway-pdx.org/mlk. Photo by Megan Zabel Holmes for United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

To honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and partners will be mobilizing hundreds of volunteers this weekend to perform community projects as part of its 13th annual MLK Weekend of Service.

From sprucing up libraries and school gardens to sorting books for kids to packaging donated food for families in need, four days of activities begin Friday and continue through the MLK holiday on Monday, offering countless opportunities for community members to give back and help build Dr. King’s vision throughout the Portland metro region.

The MLK Weekend of Service is presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and supported by Intel, Nike, Dunn Carney, Tonkon Torp LLP, Umpqua Bank, with special thanks to U.S. Bank.

“Dr. King’s legacy of service continues to inspire and remind Oregonians that we all have a role to play in bettering the health of our communities,” said Angela Dowling, President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. “Regence and our employees are proud to partner with United Way and Hands On Greater Portland in support of this mission.”

“Our MLK Weekend of Service is an incredible opportunity for people to come together to honor Dr. King’s legacy,” said Cindy Adams, President and CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. “With over 60 volunteer projects and 1,500 volunteers across the region this year, community members can continue striving for the changes Dr. King championed – including ending poverty and advancing racial equity – and make a real impact for tens of thousands of children and families.”

This year also kicks off United Way’s centennial celebration. Since 1920, our local United Way has been bringing the community together to do good. In addition to honoring Dr. King’s legacy, the local nonprofit celebrates its historic role in strengthening schools, families and communities across the region.

For a full list of MLK Weekend of Service volunteer activities and to sign-up, visit unitedway-pdx.org/mlk.