Nearly 1,000 people gather to volunteer on MLK Day

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To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and the Jewish Volunteer Center, in partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic University, spearheaded a day filled with solidarity and volunteers to unite the community on Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. 

Nearly 1,000 community members of various races, religions and backgrounds attended the annual event, which included an emotional solidarity tribute that honored and preserved Dr. King’s vision of a society that unites against all forms of hatred.

Students from Equestrian Trails Elementary Positivity Club

The day began as people of all ages volunteered at 19 locations across Palm Beach County, including serving meals to the homeless, helping with a clothing and toiletry drive, making improvements at local homes and community centers, working in community gardens and helping with a beach cleanup.

Palm Beach Day Academy students packing donations in Currie Park

“It is our responsibility to make the world a better place for future generations and a vital way Federation accomplishes this is by preserving Dr. King’s legacy of standing against hatred of all forms and shining a light on community leaders who are making a difference,” said Michael Hoffman, Jewish Federation president/CEO.

During the interfaith solidarity event in Currie Park at the MLK Landmark Memorial, the Jewish Volunteer Center and Palm Beach Atlantic University presented Tikkun Olam (“repair the world”) Service Awards to Jervonte “Tae” Edmonds and Amy Fahnoe, two community leaders who are leading efforts to create a kinder, more inclusive world.

PBA students at the Boys & Girls Club of West Palm Beach

For more information about Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, go online to jewishpalmbeach.org.

Pictured above: Henry and Matt Steinbock volunteer at Big Dog Ranch Rescue

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