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Habitat for Humanity Honors MLK through Volunteer Projects

The Greater Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity branch will conduct 25 service projects with 500 volunteers to remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s service legacy.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh will host its second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event on Monday.

The affordable housing nonprofit has organized 25 different service projects across the region with more than 500 volunteers registered to make their traditional day off a “day on” with Habitat. The MLK Day of Service is the largest volunteer effort in the region for the holiday—and volunteers will put in about 3,500 hours of service.

The volunteers will be working in 17 different neighborhoods around greater Pittsburgh.

A full list of projects can be found by clicking here, where you can also see the volunteer opportunities that remain open.

For the event, Habitat has partnered with global volunteer organization Service For Peace, the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee, Giant Eagle, Sousa and the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.

“It’s about partnership and getting Habitat’s message regarding affordable housing and advocacy for decent housing to a diverse population," said Habitat Executive Director Maggie Withrow, explaining why the groups have joined together for the event. "Our belief is that each one of the lives touched today becomes a little more aware of how Habitat is working in the greater Pittsburgh community.”

Last year, Habitat hosted its first MLK Day event with 16 service projects and a little more than 300 volunteers.

“People started registering for projects in October and we had some days in January where nearly 100 people registered in one day," said MLK Event Coordinator Jeremy Martin, who is also Habitat's community outreach and faith relations coordinator. "It’s amazing to see Pittsburgh respond in this way.

“This is a chance for Pittsburgh to see that Habitat is more than helping families with affordable housing. We are in the community in many ways. I believe it is our mission to help build stronger, safer, and better communities in any way we can as a nonprofit and as neighbors."

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