Volunteers in Lycoming County give back for MLK Day

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. day of service, which is known as “a day on, not a day off.”

It’s a call for Americans from all walks of life to work together to help strengthen their communities.

Dozens of selfless members of the community rolled up their sleeves and got to work. From painting to stocking shelves, volunteers say there’s no other way they’d rather be celebrating this holiday.

King said, “everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” which is exactly what members of the community in Williamsport chose to do.

“It’s an opportunity for us to step outside of ourselves and actually look around us that people do need help,” said Carrie Myers, a volunteer with Americorp.

Volunteers lent a hand in several different ways on this day of service.

“We are installing a mural for the YMCA,” said Alex Linhardt, part of the National Arts Honor Society at Williamsport Area High School. “It’s an underwater theme to go with the pool area and we really just wanted to connect with the community so that’s why we chose to do it at the Y.”

“We were trying to figure out and organize where everything can go,” said volunteer Theresa Hrzic-Colimon. “Making them so they can see what to grab, what they need.”

These volunteers say doing something like this is eye-opening for them.

“We kind of go through our daily lives and kind of take things for granted,” said Jakob Lemay, a volunteer from Penn College.

“I feel it’s very important for Xavier to get out in the community to see how he can help each year,” said Hrzic-Colimon.

Especially on a day that commemorates all that King has done for us.

“I think it’s great that we’re doing it on Martin Luther King Day,” said Linhardt. “I think it means even more that we’re giving back to the community.

“Seeing what he did for us, I feel like we got to keep it going so we can benefit from it,” said Andrew Tamba, a volunteer from Penn College.

As volunteers were split up and each assigned a task, they all share one thing in common when it comes to their favorite part of giving back.

“Be able to help and meeting new people,” said Myers.

“Just getting to meet people,” said Lemay.

“Just interacting with people and coming together to show unity,” said Hrzic-Colimon.

More than 100 volunteers made their way to 15 local service agencies in Lycoming County. The day of service was put on by Step Americorps.

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