Do you have an organization, neighbors, family or friends who would like to participate in this event? You can register at mygulfport.us/mlkdayofservice or call 727-893-1118.”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?‘” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
As part of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, locals will hit the streets across Gulfport to do everything from coach kids at baseball to clean litter from streets.
On Saturday, January 17, teams of volunteers will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, sponsored by the Gulfport Neighbors and the city of Gulfport. The Day of Service starts at 8:30 a.m. in Tomlinson Lake Park (5492 Tangerine Ave. S.), where Mayor Sam Henderson will preside over the opening ceremony and Ward Three Councilwoman Yolanda Roman will speak about Dr. King’s ties to volunteerism.
Mayor Henderson will then lead “The Green Team” alongside Roman and the Gulfport Neighbors as they clean the Tangerine Greenway and surrounding areas.
Other teams include a Little League baseball clinic, led by Gulfport Little League alumni (and Gulfport’s city manager) Jim O’Reilly; the Gecko Gardeners will toil in the soil at the Gulfport Community Garden; and the Gulfport Police Department (and friends) will serve and greet McDonald’s customers and clean the yard of a local disabled veteran.
Every team still seeks volunteers, and Gulfport Neighbors President Margarete Tober encourages people who want to perform a volunteer service not listed to register their own team and project at the city of Gulfport’s website (mygulfport.us/mlkservice/)
Upon completing their project, each team will return to Tomlinson Lake Park for closing ceremonies and a volunteer appreciation picnic. As their Day of Service project, the Royal Blues Band will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Day of Service Teams
Gulfport Little League baseball clinic (city of Gulfport)
Bubbles and Brainpower (Girlfriends of Pinellas, The Boca Ciega High School)
Tomlinson Park and Tangerine Greenway cleanup (city of Gulfport /Gulfport Neighbors)
Silver Wheels of Fortune will secure used walkers and wheelchairs for the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center (call 727-324-7802 to donate supplies)
Gulfport Police Department and friends will serve McDonald’s customers their food trays, refilling drinks, talking to customers, and assisting kids with arts and crafts.
Gecko Gardeners will mulch the Gulfport Community Garden (5125 Preston Ave. S.)
Gulfport Police Department and Gulfport Neighbors will perform a “flash yard cleanup” for a local disabled veteran
City of Gulfport and Moveable Musicians will bring music to local nursing homes
Pinellas County Animal Services (Contact: Rusty Walker) will have volunteers caring for animals, including cleaning and helping staff at the shelter
Suncoast Rest Rescue Mission will pack food boxes
Blood Mobile will accept blood donations
The Shakers and Bakers will have a breakfast for food bank recipients at the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center
49th Street cleanup
Bay Pines VA Volunteer Services will prepare packages for needy veterans