Midlands Residents Will Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Volunteering

January 8, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – January 6, 2009  – As the nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. King on January 19, residents of the Midlands will mobilize to volunteer in a United Way of the Midlands’ Day of Action, a day of service to the community.  There is still plenty of time to get involved. To view a complete list of service projects and register to participate, visit www.uway.org and click VOLUNTEER.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

United Way of the Midlands plans to have at least six projects going on at various locations, including the Free Medical Clinic, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, the Babcock Center, Sistercare, Inc., and the Epilepsy Foundation of South Carolina.  

“Community needs are growing, and one way you can help improve the situation is by giving back with your time, energy and talents,” said Mac Bennett, United Way of the Midlands president and CEO.  “Eric Roberts, our Volunteer Center manager, is very excited about the collaboration that has taken place among our certified partner agencies and other non-profits to make this Day of Action a community-wide effort with projects for all types of interest.”

United Way of the Midlands is working with other non-profit organizations such as Senior Resources, Communities in Schools and Hope Worldwide, as well as The University of South Carolina Community Service Council, Midlands Technical College, Benedict College and Claflin University to generate additional opportunities and encourage everyone in the community to embrace the spirit of service on Dr. King’s birthday and truly make a positive impact.

Get in on the action. To view a complete list of service projects, visit www.uway.org and click VOLUNTEER or call Eric Roberts, Volunteer Center manager at 803-758-6987 for more information.

About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 80 certified partner agencies, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.