TUCSON, Ariz. — Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service encouraging americans to volunteer and improve their communities.
AmeriCorps programs Arizona Serve, UA STEMM and Higher Ground Resource Center spent the day in Tucson. 130 members volunteered around the community and one group pitched in at a school garden.
“Having a chance to be part of their future where they will be learning is really neat especially since our generation is kind of the future so we want to impart a good message for the next generation,” said Volunteer Max Serventi.
The Pueblo Gardens principal says the volunteers are helping in two ways.
“Help get the space cleaned up and make it a better use for our students but it also provides to our students an example of people within the community that are willing to serve within the community,” said Michael Konrad.
For Max he can't think of a better way to honor Martin Luther King Junior's legacy.
“We have a diverse group today so regardless of age, gender, background anything that makes up who you are as a unique individual, you can always help out wherever you are.”
He hopes their example will plant the seed for others to volunteer any day of the year.