Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Instead of sleeping in this Martin Luther King Jr. day, 100 volunteers are getting up early to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. The group has been inspired by this year's theme of "Community Revitalization" and will work together to renovate the Southern Sudanese Community center in City Heights.

The Sudanese Center was founded in 1995 by Dep Tuany, himself a Sudanese refugee, with the mission of “assisting all Sudanese refugees in their resettlement through education and social, economic, and cultural support”. The Center provides a familiar place for the more than 4,000 Sudanese refugees living in San Diego.

The SAVY Leaders, a group of 36 local high school students, have spent the past few months planning, fundraising and recruiting volunteers to bring new life to the Sudanese Community Center and the Sudanese community as a whole. Annually, SAVY (Students Actively Volunteering for You) engages over 10,000 middle and high school students from diverse neighborhoods in community service, youth leadership and service-learning projects.

For more information on this project and to sign up, click here. Check back soon for highlights and pictures from the event!

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