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For Immediate Release: 1/10/2014
Montgomery County Plans Day of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

This year, Montgomery County’s Day of Service activities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, January 20, will take place at four sites throughout the County. Each location will also be a collection site for non-perishable food donations for Manna Food Center and donations of sleeping bags, blankets and socks for the homeless. The collection for the homeless is being organized by the Tri-Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center will coordinate indoor family-friendly service projects from 1 – 3 p.m. at the North Bethesda Marriott Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road. Projects include tying paracord bracelets for members of the military, preparing bagged lunches for County shelters, assembling personal care kits for Interfaith Works’ Community Vision Day Shelter, creating fleece blankets for Montgomery Hospice, making toys for animals at the County’s animal shelter, decorating holiday cards for seniors and assembling care kits for foster children. Information and registration to participate at this location can be found at

Other Service Day sites include Seneca Creek Community Church from 9 - 11 a.m., hosted by the Seneca Creek Community Church; Silver Spring Civic Building from 10 a.m. – noon, organized by the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and International Cultural Center, from 3 – 5 p.m.

Additionally, a number of organizations are holding environmental clean-up projects throughout the weekend of January 18 – 20. Locations, times and registration information are at

All activities are approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours through Montgomery County Public Schools.

For questions contact or call 240-777-2600.

The 20th anniversary Tribute and Musical Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore on Monday, January 20 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required and may be reserved at For individuals unable to secure advanced tickets, a stand-by line will form outside the music center at 2 p.m. on the day of the performance and unclaimed tickets will be released to the public at 2:45 p.m.

The sponsors for the musical celebration include: Fund for Montgomery, Southern Management Corporation, Choice Hotels International, Comcast, Safeway, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, LLC, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, The Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation, The Gazette, Verizon, The Allstate Foundation, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Montgomery County Equal Employment Opportunity, The City of Gaithersburg and The Montgomery County Muslim Foundation.

For more information about the musical celebration, call Yvonne Stephens, 240-567-4203 or email or contact Julian Norment, 240-777-8413 or email

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Release ID: 14-013
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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