WAILUKU - The County of Maui is looking for hundreds of volunteers to help with different community service projects this month in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
The effort is part of a nationwide push to promote Dr. King's call for social justice by helping worthy causes in local communities. The slogan for the call to service is: "A day on, not a day off!" Millions of people all across the U.S.A. will gather to serve others.
Maui County is participating in this effort, asking for volunteers to help out with nine different projects across the island. The projects are scheduled for Jan. 19 and 21 in coordination with the county Volunteer Center and Maui Economic Opportunity's AmeriCorps program.
"Martin Luther King Day is a day that is best spent serving others," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "I encourage everyone to honor the memory of Dr. King by spending some time volunteering for a good cause, of which we have many here in our community."
Organizations with projects on Jan. 19 include Habitat for Humanity (Harbor Lights demolition and restoration), Community Work Day (planting a keiki garden and wetland restoration) and The Maui Farm (building blocks of life).
Groups with projects on Jan. 21 include the Sustainable Living Institute at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Haleakala Lions Club (building bentos), Hale Makua (painting party) and Friends of Old Maui High School (restoration projects).
Visit www.handsonmaui.com to sign up for any of these volunteer community service projects. For more information, e-mail Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-7150.