Podcast: Celebrating with Service on MLK Day

Podcast: Celebrating with Service on MLK Day

January 18, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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On Monday, January 15, what would have been Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday, volunteers across the community rolled up their sleeves to be of service.

At South Division High School in Milwaukee, nearly 600 volunteers joined City Year to paint 170 murals on the walls of the school. The murals ranged from inspirational quotes to flags to silhouettes of athletes to the Milwaukee city skyline.

City Year Milwaukee, a United Way program partner, has been active in the community since 2010 and have invited volunteers out on MLK day to beautify one Milwaukee Public School each year with hundreds of murals to inspire students. 

In Germantown, WI, students at Kennedy Middle School celebrated the legacy of Dr. King by filling their school day with service. From crafting 1200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for clients of Guest House of Milwaukee, to making toys for the furry friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society, all service projects were tied back to the lessons of Dr. King. 

We had a blast touring these projects and talking to the volunteers, many of whom included their families and friends in the day.

How did you celebrate the legacy of Dr. King on January 15th? Let us know in the comments!

Learn more about City Year Milwaukee and find out how you can do some good on any day of the year!

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