Success: MLK Day of Service 2016

January 22, 2016

What started off as a chilly morning quickly morphed into a beautiful day for Monday’s MLK Day of Service. Over 46 volunteers of all ages joined TLC staff at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve to continue preparations for its public debut this fall.

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve January 2016

Forty-six volunteers of all ages joined TLC staff at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve to continue preparations for its public debut this fall. Together, these hard-working volunteers built 540 feet of trail, hauled 3 tons of rock into an old car, filled 50 bags of trash, and planted over 300 plugs of milkweed.

MLK Day of Service 2016 Trash PIckup

Picking up trash. Photo by Caroline Gilmore, 2016.

This workday was part of the larger United Way of the Greater Triangle’s 2016 MLK Day of Service celebrations. In its tenth year, the United Way anticipated having over 2,000 volunteers spread out across the Triangle at 30 different projects. Participants at all of the projects received a beautiful red t-shirt to commemorate their “day on, not off.”

Planting milkweed is a team effort. Photo by Caroline Gilmore.

Planting milkweed is a team effort. Photo by Caroline Gilmore, 2016.

Interested in volunteering with TLC? We have two big volunteer opportunities coming up:

  1. 40 Days of Peace – Continue the work started during the MLK Day of Service by volunteering at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve from 9am-noon on February 4. Register now with United Way.
  2. Trail Crew – Join the first Trail Crew workday of the year! On Saturday, February 20 we’ll be out at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve building trails and cleaning up trash and invasives from 9am to noon. This workday is sponsored by our friends at REI who are providing snacks and shirts for volunteers. Space is limited so register now!

You can also sign up for our volunteer email list to receive special updates about all volunteer opportunities.

Building trails by hand is hard work, but with a little instruction, anyone can do it!

Building trail by hand can be hard work, but with a little instruction, anyone can do it!

Thank you again to everyone who volunteered on MLK Day. Thank you also to everyone who volunteers with TLC throughout the year. Together, we are making a difference in safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people to nature!

View more photos from the 2016 MLK Day of Service workday:

2016 MLK Day of Service

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