On January 18th, 2016, our VISTAs participated in a day of service to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some of the projects they worked on:
Union Rescue Mission (Los Angeles): Shannon, Jeffrey, Silver, Tiffany went to Union Rescue Mission in LA, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the hearts and lives of those they encounter, to participate in a dinner service for their program.
Virginia Village (Long Beach): Vy assisted with cleaning alleys and removing weeds from Virginia Village in Long Beach. She had the opportunity to meet Councilmember Al Austin II of the eighth district.
Road Clean Up (Humboldt): Sheina, Noya, Emily met in Arcata to pick up trash along the Mad River Trail.
Sacramento Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT): JT and Kayla worked with Sacramento RAFT to take apart 250-300 CDs and their cases for teachers to use in their classroom. They also helped restock some of the materials in their store.
Beach Clean Up (Monterey Bay): August participated in the City of Seaside’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day March. He was able to meet with other AmeriCorps members across the county to participate in a mile-long march in celebration of MLK, which culminated in racial equity presentations. He later did a beach clean up through the MB Surfrider Foundation.
Woodcrest Elementary (Los Angeles): Nenetzin and Paige participated with LA Works on MLK Day at Woodcrest Elementary. They painted the mural pictured on the right! LA Works this year gathered about 1,300 corporate and community volunteers at Woodcrest Elementary and Washington Prep High School.
Bolsa Chica Land Trust (Huntington Beach): Cheyanne worked with the Bolsa Chica Land Trust to plant state grass (purple needlegrass) in wetlands across the Pacific Coast Highway.
Augustus Hawkins High School (South Los Angeles): Jose participated in an MLK Service Day in LA with some of his friends from City Year. He helped paint a few murals, like the one pictured below!
Sobrante Park School (Oakland): Romy worked near the Madison Park Business and Art Academy to help pain concrete planter boxes. She did this at Sobrante Park Elementary with several of the school children and teachers.