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MLK Day: Central Texans volunteer for Day of Service

The planned day of service will leverage the strength of local citizens to advance Dr. King's dream of opportunity for all, United Way said.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Williamson County residents volunteered for a day of service with United Way of Williamson County to mark the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The organization said more than 200 volunteers were needed to share their time and energy from 9 a.m. to noon. The planned day of service leveraged the strength of local citizens to advance Dr. King's dream of opportunity for all, United Way said.

"I think we live in a society where it’s so easy to give money but you don’t know where your money is going to or where your dollars are going to," said Nicole Foy of the United Way of Williamson County. "So, when you have the opportunity to actually be in those organizations or in the community, you are able to know what organizations are out there to benefit you and your families and friends. It’s just a feel-good day."

KVUE's Molly Oak met three adorable youngsters who spent their day honoring Dr. King by volunteering with United Way of Williamson County.

"Helping is fun," they said. 

The United Way said more than 240 volunteers worked on around 17 projects in Williamson County. Projects included planting vegetable gardens, picking up trash and painting fences. 


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On Saturday, about 150 volunteers picked up trash near Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in East Austin to honor the iconic civil rights leader, as part of United Way for Greater Austin's "MLK Day of Service.

Other Central Texans honored the late civil rights leader by marching from the University of Texas campus to the capitol building and then to Huston-Tillotson University. Once at Huston-Tillotson, marchers participated in a number of festivities with food trucks and music to honor the late civil rights leader until 3:30 p.m.  

WATCH: MLK Day of Service in Austin 2019


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