MLK Day marks day of service in Portland

MLK Day marks day of service in Portland

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 10:20 AM

PORTLAND-- Individuals, groups, organizations, and local businesses are working this Martin Luther King, Jr. day by volunteering.

Instead of a day off, MLK Day is a day on for many.

At the Oregon Food Bank, 680 volunteers from Bank of America, Pacificorp, Hands on Greater Portland and other groups spent time to process over 100,000 pounds of food.

"Oregon Food Bank is one of those organizations we've donated time for, and money to, over the last two years," said Tara Kinateder with Bank of America.

At Meals on Wheels, volunteers were lending a helping hand working in the kitchen, preparing some of the 5,000 meals needed every day. Without volunteers the job wouldn't get done.

One hundred and fifty members of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network participated in filling shoe boxes with dental, hygiene and school supplies at the Highland Christian Center.

"We want to be that generation that could be [part of] a change in Portland," said Kimberlin Butler, Vice President of the Urban League of Portland. "We want to put action behind words and not just lip service."

These volunteers hope MLK Day will be a day when they can make a difference.

The day of service began in 1994, when congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as the National Day of Service.

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