Nearly a thousand Chattanoogans volunteer on MLK Day
Service organizations, schools, and families came together to give back on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Howard School Student Government Association members joined in to help clean Orchard Knob Baptist Church.
They say this service represents the change they want to see in the community.
“We have volunteers coming from all walks of life,” said Karen McReynolds. “We have very diverse projects from our African American cemetery cleanup all the way to our Indoor church clean up.”
Wilmer Perez and a group of Howard School students are among the 900 volunteers participating in the city's day of service event.
“If we want something to change we have to be the ones to do that we are the difference, and we are the future. So if we see something we want to be changed we have to start the spark and go out and do it ourselves,” said Wilmer Perez.
Karen McReynolds coordinated these 46 service projects.
She says organizations submitted suggestions for projects they saw as concerns for the Chattanooga area.
“Not only are they signing up for the projects, but they are also leading the project,” said McReynolds. “We have a lot of people who have sponsored supplies for the project, and this is a community lead effort.”
Rosa Heintz is the advisor at Howard.
She says she wants to instill her passion her service in her students.
Heintz says acts of kindness can leave a lasting impression on the community.
“You get a chance to see their smiles, and people know that the students at Howard school care about our community, and we want to make Chattanooga a better place to live, work and go to school,” said Rosa Heintz.
Chattanooga city officials plan to receive feedback from today's event in order to prepare for the 7th annual day of service next year.