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MLK Day of Service: Buffalo AmeriCorps Increase The Peace Project

MLK Day of Service: Buffalo AmeriCorps Increase The Peace Project


MLK Day of Service: Buffalo AmeriCorps Increase The Peace Project
Volunteers will paint, repair, organize and clean a vandalized teen center as part of MLK Day.

Buffalo, New York – January 16, 2013 –Buffalo AmeriCorps from The Belle Center will lead 50 volunteers in an “Increase the Peace” service project in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Volunteers will help repair Ss. Columba-Brigid’s recently vandalized teen center in Buffalo, which is a safe haven for youth that promotes peace. Volunteers will join thousands across the country for this national day of service.

The “Increase the Peace” service project will take place at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. January 21, 2013 at Ss. Columba-Brigid (Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence) 418 N. Division Street Buffalo, NY 14204. During the service project volunteers will paint, make repairs and organize four rooms including the teen center, replace some ceiling tiles and weather permitting-clean the outdoor SSJ Sister Karen Peace garden.

A powerful adage by Dr. Martin Luther King states, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” Volunteers will answer this question through direct impact service; their work will help Ss. Columba-Brigid (SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence) continue to provide a safe environment for underserved youth to become engaged in positive alternatives to the “street life.”

“To have the ability to help serve youth and honor Dr King’s legacy at the Ss. Columba-Brigid (SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence) is an honor for us,” said Pamela James, Buffalo AmeriCorps Director. “Servanthood and nonviolence must work hand and hand and will not only be celebrated on MLK day, but year-round as we serve in the Buffalo and WNY community!”

The MLK Day of Service provides the local community and nation an opportunity to unite and engage in direct service to address some of the economic and social challenges that impact us all. MLK Day of Service projects address issues such as hunger, education, promotion of nonviolence, homelessness, poverty and more. The federal agency, Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) leads the annual MLK Day of Service as it works with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses nationwide.

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About The Belle Center:
The Belle Center is a diverse non-profit community center that bridges the gaps to success for youth and families. The 56,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the Lower West Side of Buffalo, NY and has over three decades of service to the community. With over 15 premier services, The Belle Center serves infants through senior citizens and operates on a cradle to college model. Youth and young adults are offered pathways to success and are encouraged to complete higher education, a trade and/or the military. To learn more visit www.thebellecenter.org.

About Buffalo AmeriCorps:
Buffalo AmeriCorps is service program of the Corporation for National and Community Service based at The Belle Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The program unites persons ages 17 and above in a year of full-time rigorous service during which they work in diverse teams to address societal needs, particularly in schools and neighborhoods. While putting their idealism into action these community leaders work as tutors and mentors to school children, reclaim public spaces, organize after-school programs, build capacity in organizations and create civic engagement programs for elementary, middle school and high school students. Buffalo AmeriCorps is unaffiliated with other AmeriCorps programs in Buffalo and is its own entity based at The Belle Center. To learn more visit www.thebellecenter.org/americorps.