King Day Effort Aims to Sustain Spirit of Service
February 6, 2009
Sara Marston from the Washington Post reports on Montgomery County residents and how they spent their time volunteering for their community. Thousands of residents volunteered with the Yes Montgomery Can! campaign in spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day but they also aim to sustain the spirit of service.
The countywide effort, inspired by President Obama’s call for a new spirit of service and sacrifice, kicked off the third weekend in January and will continue indefinitely. Activities included the county’s annual King Day projects as well as new service events, food drives, volunteer canvassing and other community activities.
Adams met with other county officials Friday to discuss the campaign’s future and said plans will be rolled out over the next few months. “There will be bigger plans that will have a huge potential impact,” he said.
Their campaign has been successful in recruiting 500 volunteers, collecting donations and a food drive for the Manna Food Center, which was enough to feed more then 500 hungry families for a month. This story is truly inspiring! Residents of Montgomery County have set a great example in contributing to a meaningful cause. In addition, they are fulfilling Obama’s call for a new spirit of service not only for Martin Luther King Jr. Day but beyond.