Dunwoody Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. Day with volunteer service projects, a community food drive and blood drive. The “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drive began in early December and will continue for four more weeks, culminating with the City’s eighth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.
“We are proud to continue our affiliation with the City of Dunwoody for this important project,” said Natasha Morris, Community Service Chair for the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. “Dr. King’s legacy empowers each and every volunteer just as strongly as it strengthens each beneficiary, and we’re proud to make these connections in his honor.”
Nonperishable food collected during the Souper Bowl of Caring will be donated to Malachi’s Storehouse, the Community Assistance Center, and Solidarity Sandy Springs. Collection bin locations can be found on this website.
Volunteer registration links and information for Dunwoody’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service can also be found online. Volunteer projects include the following:
- 127 trees to be planted at Brook Run Park, in coordination with Trees Atlanta
- 5,000 daffodils to be planted at Brook Run Park in coordination with the Daffodil Project
- Clean up, maintenance and garden preparation at the Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard
- Cleanup at the Woodall Cemetery, one of the City’s historic cemeteries, in coordination with the Dunwoody Preservation Trust
- Community art project at the Spruill Center for the Arts
- Blood donations through LifeSouth
The BloodMobille will be open from 9 a.m. to noon at Brook Run Park. Pre-registration is recommended using this link. Blood donations are also encouraged at the LifeSouth Dunwoody Center (4891 Ashford Dunwoody Rd) during January.
“We’re grateful for the volunteers who turn out every year in the spirit of giving back,” said Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch. “From helping the hungry to supporting our environment, the projects tied to Dr. King’s annual Day of Service really make a difference.”
Taking place on the third Monday in January, the National Day of Service marks the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. In line with Dr. King’s vision, the annual event is designed to empower individuals, bridge barriers, solve problems, and strengthen communities.