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Martin Luther King National Day of Service 2014

posted Feb 6, 2014, 1:01 PM by Arlington Works   [ updated Feb 6, 2014, 1:07 PM ]
 
 For the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of National Service, the Arlington Works! AmeriCorps members, Program Director, two site supervisors, and three volunteers went to Opportunity Place, the day center of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). At Opportunity Place, people that are experiencing homelessness can shower, get clothes, do laundry, apply for benefits, or talk to a career counselor. When the team arrived, an A-SPAN staff person talked to the group about homelessness in Arlington and  A-SPAN’s services. He also gave a tour of the facility and then split the team into groups by tasks – organize donated clothing and toiletry items, clean the floors and walls to disinfect during flu season, do paint touch-ups, and do other deep cleaning.

Team members not only learned a lot about homelessness and the Housing First initiative, but they also had a lot of fun. An Arlington Works! team member that sorted clothes writes, “Our room was full of laughter, singing, and, invariably, underwear jokes. I think the greatest part about participating in service activities is the joy that it spreads among your fellow volunteers and within yourself….By the time we were finished, the new paint and sparklingly clean floors and countertops didn’t shine as brightly as our smiles.”

This was the third year Arlington Works! has partnered with A-SPAN for MLK Day.
To see more pictures, please visit the Arlington Works! photos page. .
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