SAVANNAH (10-Jan-11) - A team of Georgia Tech Savannah students, staff and faculty will be among the hundreds of Savannah residents and thousands of Americans who are expected to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Day of Service on Jan. 17, 2011. Coordinated by the Economic Opportunity Authority For Savannah-Chatham County, Area, Inc. (EOA), the Savannah area day of service will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle the area's problems. The Georgia Tech Savannah team along with other volunteers will paint, landscape and make minor home repairs in the Jackson Park Neighborhood. A 9 a.m. kick-off will take place at 830 West 53rd Street, Savannah.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. This year marks the 25th anniversary, which continues to honor Dr. King's legacy and commitment to transform our nation through service to others. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to help realize Dr. King's dream of equality and opportunity for all and to take action to solve problems in their communities. This will be EOA's eleventh year of coordinating the Savannah Annual Day of Service.
"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. played a pivotal role in improving the lives and opportunities of Americans. Utilizing the national holiday to teach college students about giving back to their communities is a fitting way to honor Dr. King's legacy," said Yvette Upton, director of Outreach and Student Affairs at Georgia Tech Savannah. "This is Georgia Tech Savannah's first time participating with EOA's project and we are excited to be working with a number of community partners and businesses to support this significant day."
A number of business, organizations and community partners will participate in this year's event. The co-sponsor is UnitedHealthcare SecureHorizons. Business Partners are: ABBC Unlimited Painting/Wallcovering; Publix; Church's Chicken; Home Depot (Abercorn); Lowes; Scotties Potties; Starbucks; and B & B Paint Company. Partners include: Georgia Tech Savannah; Hands on Savannah; Delta Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (GA Tech); Alpha Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (SSU); Zeta Theta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (GA State); Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary; Delta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (SSU); Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Savannah Chapter; Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Sigma Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AAU); Gamma Upsilon Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (SSU); Jewish Educational Alliance; Savannah State University Cheerleaders; Cities of Service (Volunteer Savannah); Fields Family; YouthBuild Savannah Program; Operation Clean Sweep (City of Savannah); Sanitation, Outreach and Education for the City of Savannah; Cann Park Association; and West Broad Street YMCA.