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Spend MLK Day at a Volunteer Workday

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Spend time giving back to your community on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by signing up for a volunteer workday at Theodore Marsh.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service, according to the MLK Day of Service website. The holiday is designed to be a "day on, not a day off.'"

Volunteering for a day of service is a way to honor King's life and teachings, the website states. “Service breaks down barriers by bringing people from different experiences together – volunteering can unite Americans of all ages and backgrounds while building stronger communities.”

This is the 19th year that the Forest Preserve District has hosted a workday on the holiday. Anyone who has the day off is encouraged to pitch in to help improve the preserve. The workday is scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon Monday, January 21, at the Crest Hill preserve. Volunteers will be removing invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn so that native species can flourish.

RSVP for the Forest Preserve’s workday by contacting volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at or 815.722.7364. Dress for outdoor work and the weather. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and work gloves. Snacks and water will be provided.

If you can’t make the King workday, many other volunteer opportunities are offered year-round by the Forest Preserve. Volunteer activities include: restoring natural areas, teaching children and adults about nature and the environment, monitoring trails and preserves, answering visitors' questions, and assisting at facilities, programs and special events

For more information, visit the District’s Volunteer Page.


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