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A few good volunteers wanted for Martin Luther King. Jr. challenge

United Way Community Builders is looking for a few good volunteers to participate in its MLK Service Day Challenge on Jan. 22. This event is part of a regional collaborative of volunteer service projects, multi-cultural activities and events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

“The MLK Challenge consists of one day of intense service, where 10 teams of volunteers, of all ages and interests, will tackle service projects throughout North Central Massachusetts,” said Karin Oliveira, director of United Way Community Builders.

Unlike a typical volunteer assignment, teams will be given a challenge in which they receive enough instruction regarding their project to get them started. The team will then brainstorm on the best way to complete their assignment. The teams also receive $100 in seed money for supplies and material. The goal is for the team members to leverage their ideas and seed money to complete the project.

“Far from being told what to do and how to do it, the MLK Service Day Challenge requires volunteers to work together, organize, problem-solve, realize their capabilities and achieve their goal. The effect can be very powerful to the individual who wonders if they can truly make a difference,” concluded Oliveira.

To learn more about participating in the MLK Service Day Challenge, volunteers should visit www.community-builders.net or contact Karin Oliveira at United Way of North Central Massachusetts, 978-345-1577, ext. 26 or karin@uwncm.org.