MLK Day of Service 2015

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Camp Fletcher sign

This year on MLK Day, millions of Americans served their communities by committing to a day of service and participating in projects across the country. At Camp Fletcher, we were honored to host two projects to improve our grounds and ready the camp for the summer season. It was a beautiful day: the warmest we’ve had in quite a while, with sunny skies and few clouds.

Over thirty volunteers from the local community, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Hands On Birmingham picked up trash along our property line. Trash dumping is a common occurrence in the wooded areas of Camp Fletcher, as well as littering along Fletcher road. Hands On Birmingham provided trash bags, gloves and trash pickers, and our volunteers worked for over two hours Monday afternoon and picked up more than twenty bags full of trash. This project not only helped improve the appearance and safety of Camp Fletcher, but also the community that surrounds the camp.

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Americorps VISTA member picking up trash along Fletcher Road
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Community members at MLK Day of Service 2015

We were served by Starbucks volunteers on MLK Day, as well. A while back, our canoe racks broke, leaving us without a place to store our canoes. On Monday, employees from local Starbucks Coffee Shops came out to Camp Fletcher and helped repair the canoe racks. This is not the first service project that Starbucks has done for us, and we are incredibly thankful for their partnership. We are so excited about our new racks, and we can’t wait for the use they will get as summer camp begins!

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Starbucks volunteers helping move canoes before rebuilding canoe racks.

As we begin preparing for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher, it was such a blessing to have volunteers from across Birmingham come out to help make improvements to this camp we love so much. The MLK Day of Service is a perfect way to remember the efforts of past generations, and to continue the work of improving our great world. Did you serve on MLK Day this year? Let us know in the comments!

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