Sara Haner
Communications and Events Manager

High School Students: Take MLK as a day “on” not a day “off”

United Way of Snohomish County: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceDecember 28, 2012

(Everett, WA) – Approximately 200 high school students from throughout the county are expected to participate in the national MLK Day of Service on January 21, 2013. In its fourth year in Snohomish County, MLK Day is an intergenerational celebration where high school students volunteer to help seniors and people with disabilities, transforming Dr. King’s life mission and teachings into community service.

Organizations like school clubs, scout troops and friends who want to volunteer together are highly encouraged to register as a group. Teens can also register individually.

More details and registration information is online at For Twitter users, the hashtag for the event is #mlkdaysnoco.

During this day of service, teen volunteers can choose from 12 different projects throughout Snohomish County that will help make a real difference through hands-on work.

Volunteers will be assisting seniors and people with disabilities with household tasks in Marysville, Mukilteo, Sultan and Everett. In other areas of the county, volunteers will be working at senior centers in Stanwood, Arlington, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. Teams of volunteers will be led by Senior Corps or other adult volunteers.

The MLK Day of Service in Snohomish County is a partnership of United Way of Snohomish County, the YMCA of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services and Senior Corps.

How to Volunteer

Volunteers must sign up in advance to participate. If you’re a teen aged 14-19, register online at, call United Way’s Youth United program at 425.374.5526 or email Volunteer slots at specific projects are on a space-available basis, so sign up soon!

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United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. In addition to funding 102 programs through 39 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

Mission: Leading positive change that transforms our community and improves people’s lives in Snohomish County

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