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Service opportunities honor King's legacy
Volunteer events set for holiday
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Forsyth County News
How to help
Among the volunteer opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
* Blood drive: 2 to 7 p.m. at Cumming First United Methodist Church.
* Lake Lanier cleanup: 1 to 4 p.m.
* Cleanup at the Cedar Hill Enrichment Center: 9 a.m. to noon.
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There is still a need for volunteers Monday during the third annual Hands on Forsyth MLK Day of Service.

Kerry Rosewall, volunteer coordinator for Hands on Forsyth and its parent organization, Community Connection, has been encouraging volunteers to continue Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of public service by spending their day off working for the community.

While the day of service in honor of the slain civil rights leader promotes residents working together to better their communities, Rosewall said it's also a jump on volunteer opportunities that exist year-round.

"The MLK Day of Service is a big event to get people started in community service and volunteer work," she said.

"There's definitely more than just one day. We have yard projects and home projects for low-income families and we've got lots of ongoing ... opportunities for people who are looking to volunteer."

Given the economic climate, Rosewall had initially scaled back the event, shaving some volunteer opportunities and shifting focus to more pressing projects.

But due to an increase in volunteers this past week, she's added another opportunity to the three volunteer projects slated for Monday.

The Cedar Hill Enrichment Center is still looking for volunteers for deep woods clearing, weeding and raking on its 14-acre property in northeastern Forsyth.

There also are some inside sorting and organizing jobs at the center for spirituality, ecology and Earth education.

"It's one of those jobs that we can go anywhere from two to 25 volunteers," Rosewall said.

She said however many people Kat Stratton, center director, gets is "however many she'll put to work."

Among the other events for the day of service are a blood drive, lake cleanup and game day at Chestnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cumming.

Game day is full. Rosewall said it's not too late to participate in the lake cleanup or blood drive, provided volunteers sign up before midnight tonight.

For the enrichment center cleanup, volunteers are asked to show up between 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

And if residents miss Monday's opportunities, Rosewall said, "They can keep checking the Web site to see what else is coming up."