Habitat for Humanity volunteers and AmeriCorps members to observe 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

ATLANTA (Jan. 17, 2014) — More than 500 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members will join thousands of volunteers to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in community service projects on Monday during the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

“The memory of Dr. King continues to inspire us all to come together to build stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We thank everyone volunteering with us for helping to honor Dr. King’s legacy on the upcoming day of service.”

Organized nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the King Center in Atlanta, the MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides. National days of service provide an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers and affiliates will participate in a variety of community service projects, including building and repairing homes, painting and landscaping, among other events.

Some of Habitat’s volunteer opportunities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King include:

Omaha, Neb. – AmeriCorps members will partner with students from the University of Nebraska Omaha as they help build homes in partnership with low-income families.

Santa Fe, N.M. – Habitat AmeriCorps members and volunteers will repaint the interior walls and ceilings of five teen transitional living apartments for Santa Fe Teen Shelters.

Baltimore, Md. – Volunteers and AmeriCorps members will put the finishing touches on an 18-home development in the southwest Baltimore community of Washington Village.

For a full list of volunteer opportunities for the 2014 MLK Day of Service, visit www.mlkday.gov.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.