This will be the second year that employee volunteers from Asurion help further the mission of Habitat for Humanity on MLK Day. This year they will set up at the Habitat ReStore and receive household donations from residents and groups at850 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Items donated to the ReStore are resold to the public to provide funding for Habitat's affordable housing program.
The annual MLK March will also take place in Murfreesboro, starting at noon at Central Magnet School, 701 E. Main St. in Murfreesboro and ending at Patterson Park Community Center Pavilion.
RCHFH will also have a House Dedication and Ribbon Cutting at 3 p.m. at 619 East Sevier St., Murfreesboro. The house will be dedicated to Habitat Homeowner Willie, who has recently completed 50 hours of Financial Literacy and Homeowner Education, and 300 hours of sweat equity. He will be buying his home though the Habitat affordable mortgage. Read Willie's story.
Martin Luther King Day is an annual federal holiday that celebrates the birthday of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to community service. Throughout the country Americans are encouraged to honor Dr. King's legacy on this day by coming together for a national day of service and dialogue. Area residents are encouraged to clean out their closets, attics and basements and bring “gently used” items to the ReStore that day. Some company partners will also collect items leading up to the event. Typical donated items include gently used furniture, household accessories, windows and doors, lighting, hardware, working appliances and building materials. The ReStore offers pick up of large items and there is more information here.
The ReStore keeps more than 560 tons of materials out of area landfills every year by encouraging people to recycle, reuse and repurpose household goods. They recently received a grant from the Bonnaroo Works Fund and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to encourage people to recycle and promote solid waste reduction. The ReStore also partners with RecycleRutherford.
About MLK Day of Service
Martin Luther King Day is an annual federal holiday, celebrated the third Monday of January, that honors the birthday of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to community service. The holiday was established when Former-President Bill Clinton signed the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday and Service Act in 1994 at the urging of Coretta Scott King, Civil Rights Leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and former Sen. Harris Wofford (D-PA). The holiday is observed as a “day on, not a day off” and is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social issues and honor Dr. King's vision of a “Beloved Community.”
About Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity
Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, non-denominational Christian housing ministry, seeks to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. This is done through building quality, affordable, sustainable houses while partnering alongside low-income, working families. Homes are built by RCHFH construction staff, partner families, and community volunteers. After a home is completed, Habitat provides the family an affordable mortgage to buy their home.
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