Ninth annual volunteer event on Richmond Greenway one week away


The community is set to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service for a ninth year on Monday, Jan. 18 with another massive volunteer effort on the Richmond Greenway.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., community volunteers will help spruce up the Richmond Greenway between 4th and 16th streets. Volunteer projects run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with a commemoration ceremony and National Moment of Silence to take place at 11:45 a.m. and noon, respectively, organizers said here.

Volunteers can register at stations on the Greenway at Ohio and Chanslor avenues, Harbour Way and Sixth Street, and Eighth and 16th streets, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times.

The volunteer work will include preparing the ground for planting trees and flowers in undeveloped areas, creating new bioswale and continuing to maintain existing garden areas, the Times reported, citing organizers.

Lunch will be offered to volunteers from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. along with entertainment and activities. A KidZone will a petting zoo and crafts operates from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the event.

The event is held by Friends of the Richmond Greenway, a collaboration of 17 nonprofits and community groups to ensure the pathway is attractive, well-maintained and safe.

The event is held in conjunction with a national day of volunteer service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In 1994, Congress designated King’s holiday as a national day of volunteer service.

King “sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues,” organizers said.

For more information, visit or call (510) 232-4493.

Here’s an image from last year’s Richmond Greenway volunteer event: