Day of Service
Dublin remembers King through volunteerism
Dublin's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service filled up in less than 24 hours.
For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Dublin offers a volunteer opportunity and this year's project to pack emergency preparedness kits for local senior citizens filled up quickly.
"It's closed already," Dublin Volunteer Coordinator Christine Nardecchia told the ThisWeek Dublin Villager Jan. 8.
"People answer the call to service here every day," Nardecchia said.
"It shows how citizens really want to reach out to people in need. ... It filled up in less than a day. Dublin is amazing," she said.
This year's volunteer effort will be held at the Convalarium at Indian Run Jan. 20 where participants will put together emergency kits for senior citizens.
"We will be gathering volunteers to pack up emergency preparedness kits that will be delivered on Meals on Wheels routes," Nardecchia said. "We worked it out with Lifecare Alliance."
The kits will include emergency blankets donated by Washington Township and an AM/FM radio, light sticks, water pouches, whistles and emergency preparedness tips from Dublin, Nardecchia said.
"It will contain some information that will be instructive to these folks of things they need to have on hand in case of an emergency," she said.
Dublin began offering a service project to residents on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because King called people to service, Nardecchia said.
King is quoted as once saying: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' "
"It's a national day of service now," Nardecchia said.
"It's called 'A Day on, not a Day off,' " she said. "This year since we're reaching out to such a vulnerable population, a lot of people volunteered."
The volunteer experience will include dinner and discussion.
"Michael Johnson, manager of the Convalarium at Indian Run will be leading a discussion about Dr. King and I'll be talking about service to others," Nardecchia said. "I think people will really enjoy it."
Volunteers will also help out at the Jan. 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at the Dublin AMC Theatres, Nardecchia said.
For more information about volunteering opportunities around Dublin, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/volunteerism-and-citizen-involvement.