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City to Honor King and Salute Nonprofits with Opportunities to Serve

Rockville honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy this month as the city holds its 52nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and sponsors a week of service activities.

King recognized the power of service. The civil rights leader famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act to designate the federal holiday as a National Day of Service. By observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day through service activities, Rockville begins each year with a commitment to making our community a better place.

The city is seeking community members to participate in the following service activities. Some are weather dependent and may be rescheduled:

  • Creating kits for unsheltered veterans.
  • Partnering with Project Linus to make blankets for sick children.*
  • A trail cleanup to remove trash from the Hayes Forest Preserve at Croydon Creek Nature Center.*
  • A Weed Warriors invasive plant pull at RedGate Park, 14500 Avery Road.*
  • Helping Comfort Cases by donating Comfort Backpacks with items to comfort children going into the foster care system.

*Activities eligible for Student Service Learning credit through Montgomery County Public Schools.

For more information, and to register to participate, visit

Meet city partner organizations and discover additional opportunities to serve through the Salute to Nonprofits at the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Rockville High School. Learn more about the event in the article on page 1.

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