Hundreds of community members took their day off of work on Monday as an opportunity to take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.
At Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, three groups of volunteers fanned out to pick up litter and pull weeds, among other activities. Meanwhile at North Richmond Farm at Fred Jackson Way and Brookside Drive, an army of volunteers conducted a number of gardening and cleanup projects.
Across the city on the south side, dozens gathered to spruce up the Happy Lot Farm & Garden at 45 1st St., where the constant crowing of roosters made for a unique urban backdrop.
And perhaps the most well-attended community volunteer event occurred along the Richmond Greenway — specifically at the new and stunning Unity Park at 16th Street, where a volunteer effort was capped by a park ribbon cutting event.
The Richmond community is known for banding together on the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to create projects that improve quality of life in the city. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act designating the holiday a national day of service, and it is an effort that has since grown nationally. For more information, go here.