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    MLK Jr day: Commit to serve

    January 15th, 2010

    On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, the City of Albany will .
    host a second annual “Commit to Serve” expo. Designed to help people heed the call of president Barack Obama to devote the day to service, the event
    will offer ways that people can volunteer to help the community and the world. It will be held at the Albany Community Center on Marin Avenue.

    To honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to service, the “Commit to Serve” Expo will provide resources, contacts and ideas to assist people in making a pledge of service to your community in 2010.

    “Make this the year you become a Block Captain, or volunteer at your child’s school, or help the elderly neighbor with his yard-it is up to you!” organizers said in an email.

    The Albany Expo will feature representatives from local organizations offering volunteer opportunities and information as well as an idea board and tools to assist citizens in making a pledge of service to the community in 2010. To learn more go to. http://www.albanyca.org

    People can also donate a coat to the organization One Warm Coat oor a canned food item to the Alameda County Food Bank.

    At its first “Commit to Serve” day a year ago on Martin Luther King Jr. day, the event received 250 pledges of service, 500 coats and over 1,000 lbs of food.

    Attenders will be asked what they would like to do to serve the community and then to fill out a “pledge card” and hang it on the Commit to Serve pledge card display at the Community Center.

    Oranizers say that if each person in Albany gave one hour of service in 2010 that would add up to 17,000 hours of help to the community.

    To learn more about the national day of service, go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/mlkservice/