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HANDS ON CHARLOTTE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SERVICE PROJECTS TO HONOR MLK

Volunteers still have time to sign up to participate in "Building On The Dream"

Charlotte – January 12, 2009Building On The Dream, an annual volunteer event organized by Hands On Charlotte, is expected to involve as many as 500 volunteers this year at 20 locations around Charlotte. The event honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community service.

Building On The Dream invites volunteers to participate in a range of service projects on Saturday, January 17 and on the MLK holiday on January 19. These projects focus on fighting poverty and helping challenged neighborhoods. See a list of projects and locations and sign-up to participate at www.handsoncharlotte.org.

Building On The Dream  is sponsored by Duke Energy, The Home Depot and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Projects kick off Saturday, January 17 with volunteer registration/sign-in (8am-9am) and an opening celebration (9am-9:30am) at Thomasboro

Elementary School
,
538 Bradford Drive
. Various projects that day run from 10am to 1pm and resume at various times on Monday.

Building On The Dream is part of an ongoing national initiative for public service. President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden are scheduled to take part in service projects in other cities on January 19. "Our expectation is that the new administration will call all citizens to increase their service to community, and Building On The Dream offers a perfect opportunity to make that first step," said Bob Young, HOC's associate director. "

Charlotte
is a very generous community in terms of volunteerism, and we're confident that people from across the community will embrace this event."

Hands On Charlotte is a non-profit organization founded in 1991.  Its mission is to strengthen our community and enrich lives by mobilizing citizens for volunteer service. Hands On Charlotte creates and manages more than 800 volunteer projects every year and touches the lives of thousands of Charlotte citizens, including seniors, people with disabilities, children from low-resource neighborhoods, adults dealing with illiteracy, and much more. Additional information regarding Hands On Charlotte can be found at www.handsoncharlotte.org or by calling 704-333-7471.

www.handsoncharlotte.org
704.333.7471
FAX 704.333.1866
1616 Central Avenue, Suite 200 ,

Charlotte
,
NC
28205




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