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Trenton Cities of Service Mobilizes Area Residents to Serve on King Holiday

TRENTON, NJ – 200 Trenton residents, AmeriCorps, VISTA, TCNJ students, TCHS, and Isles YouthBuild students are expected to turn out on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers will sort clothes, prepare sandwiches, paint murals, and participate in other beautification projects at local nonprofits in the city. Volunteers will serve at local nonprofit organizations including Anchor House, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Dress for Success, Martin House Thrift Store, and Kingsbury Corporation’s Twin Towers. AmeriCorps VISTA

The day will begin with a welcoming address by Samuel T. Frisby, Mercer County Freeholder and CEO of the Trenton YMCA, and Councilwoman Phyllis Holly-Ward, Trenton City Council President.

The day of service, organized by the Trenton Cities of Service initiative, will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle local issues and advance Dr. King’s dream of opportunity for all. Volunteers in Trenton will join hundreds of thousand of Americans participating in MLK Day of Service projects in all fifty states. This national day of service honors Dr. King’s legacy and commitment to transforming our nation through service to others. The day of service is an excellent opportunity for Americans to help advance economic opportunity and take action to solve problems in their communities.

WHEN:       Monday, January 20, 2014 – Opening ceremony at the Trenton YMCA: 9:00 am to 10:00 am

    • Samuel T.  Frisby, Mercer County Freeholder and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Trenton
    • Phyllis Holly-Ward, Trenton City Council President and Councilwoman-at-large

             Service Projects at local nonprofits: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

WHERE:     YMCA of Trenton – 431 Pennington Ave, Trenton, NJ 08618

The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.  For further information about MLK Day of Service and what’s taking place across the country, visit

The Cities of Service initiative is committed to engaging citizens in a multi-year effort to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism. The Trenton Mentoring Coalition, an initiative of Trenton Cities of Service, serves as a hub for mentoring opportunities for children, youth, and young adults, and for building a safety net for positive youth growth and development by providing volunteer opportunities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year through its core programs, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Visit for more information.

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Casandra Metayer