WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood will continue its participation with other communities in the country for the National Day of Service to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. According to the West Hollywood website the 2018 West Hollywood Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event will transpire on Saturday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Hollywood Elementary School located at 970 N. Hammond Street.

Volunteers are needed to complete various landscaping, clean-up, painting, and other beautifying tasks at the school. Tasks will include physical labor and volunteers are expected to be available to work a six-hour shift. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to take part and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch. Space is limited and advanced registration is required to volunteer.

Local volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Jewish Family Service’s SOVA Food and Community Resource Program, and collecting donations of new and used clothing and shoes for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland. Donations will be collected curbside at West Hollywood Elementary School between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday as a National Day of Service in 1994. Since then, the city of West Hollywood participates in this call to action. Community partners for this year’s event include Friends of West Hollywood Elementary and Anawalt Lumber.

For additional information about the National MLK Day of Service initiative and other volunteer opportunities visit www.mlkday.gov. For information about the 2018 West Hollywood Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event, or to register as a volunteer call (323) 848-6885. For individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, call TTY (323) 848-6496.