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Sign-up time here for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Joliet

Christian Holman, 9, uses a rag to clean a set of windows during the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at St. John's Head Start Centre in Joliet. Volunteers are being sought for the 2016 service day.
Christian Holman, 9, uses a rag to clean a set of windows during the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at St. John's Head Start Centre in Joliet. Volunteers are being sought for the 2016 service day.

JOLIET – Now is the time to volunteer for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The last two weeks before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is Jan. 16, are when organizers typically see the most sign-ups, said event coordinator R. Dale Evans.

So, it’s not to late to volunteer, Evans stressed.

“Always around this time of year is when I get that big push,” Evans said Thursday. “These two weeks are critical. We get our volunteers registered, and we get our projects.”

The local day of service is one of many held around the country that honor the civil rights leader Jan. 16 by organizing volunteer efforts to help nonprofits in local communities.

In 2016, 689 volunteers worked on 28 projects.

The “signature event,” Evans said, is the collection of wreaths at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. But there are many others indoor and outdoor for volunteers of all ages, he said.

“We always have projects for young kids,” he said. “We’ve had volunteers as young as 3 years old.”

The 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service starts with registration between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at the Joliet Central High School Student Center, 201 E. Jefferson St.

Breakfast is provided at 8:30 a.m. before the volunteers head out for projects throughout Joliet and beyond. The projects run 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers return to Joliet Central for a lunch and recap program.

Those interested in volunteering should register by email to ewilliams@cc-doj.org. Or they can call 815-723-3405.

Volunteers are accepted on the day of the event, too, Evans said. But advance registration is appreciated for the sake of organizing the projects.

Nonprofits can submit requests for help to the United Way of Will County until Tuesday. Email mike@uwwill.org or send a fax to 815-723-2814.

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HOW TO HELP

WHAT: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Jan. 16

WHERE: Joliet Central High School Student Center, 201 E. Jefferson St.

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION: Email ewilliams@cc-doj.org or call 815-723-3405

VOLUNTEER REQUESTS: Email mike@uwwill.org or fax 815-723-2814

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