At projects scattered throughout Williamson County, more than 140 volunteers paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the United Way of Williamson County MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 21, 2013.
This annual event brings together individuals, families and groups, including a group of students from Southwestern University and employee groups from local businesses, to volunteer part of their day of to help with projects at nine sites located in Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock and Taylor.
“The Day of Service is a wonderful opportunity for folks to give back to the community by participating in a fun and rewarding experience that benefits themselves as well as residents of Williamson County and visitors,” said Susan Blackledge, Park Manager at Berry Springs Park & Preserve in Georgetown. “While the development of the new Nature Trail at Berry Springs Park and Preserve is an ongoing project for us, we dedicate both the United Way Day of Service and Day of Caring to the development of the trail. The volunteers that come out allow us to continue to expand the trails at the park that everyone can enjoy.”
Families, individuals, student groups and corporate teams helped sort donations, assist with painting projects, clear trails and brush, assist with beautification projects and clean up playgrounds at local nonprofits and schools.
“It is inspiring to meet so many people who continue to respond to this opportunity to come together and bring to life the vision of community that Dr. King laid out for us in his dedication to the common good,” said LeAnn Powers, Chief Professional Officer of United Way of Williamson County. “Whether a person volunteers one day a year or on a regular basis, our communities are better because of the kindness and generosity of people willing to give time to the Williamson County community through volunteering.”
United Way of Williamson County will host their next Day of Service in September 2013. Sign up to receive information about this and other events at www.unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.