Thursday, January 21, 2010

More than 80 Volunteers join Operation REACH in Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a Day of Service

NEW ORLEANS, LA – To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Operation REACH’s Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps (GYAC) led a day of service projects as part of the national MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2010. Through the Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps, Operation REACH engages, empowers, and inspires community-focused youth leadership across the Gulf South.

More than 80 volunteers from Tulane, Xavier, and Loyola universities, Louisiana Green Corps, the U.S. Navy, and Hands On New Orleans joined Operation REACH’s staff, AmeriCorps VISTA members, and Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps (GYAC) in an effort to establish the Safe Haven Community Center as a beacon for education in the Tallow Tree community. The community center houses Home for Homework, Operation REACH’s after-school enrichment program for children in grades K-8. A number of much-needed projects in connection with the center, including painting, landscaping, community outreach, activity painting, and hanging of decorative tiles were accomplished by the many hard-working volunteers.

“The work that we are doing today, it’s not about working Monday through Friday and making that money, it’s about how our work actually pays off for the community around us.” said a volunteer from the Louisiana Green Corps. “[We] see immediate results. We’ve got fifteen bags of trash lined up. We’ve got four-plus offices already painted. We are getting some real good things done in one day.”

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