Even though Martin Luther King is technically a holiday, Urban Tilth is asking residents to spend the day helping beautify the city to celebrate the accomplishments of the civil rights leader.
On January 21, Urban Tilth is asking volunteers to help plant seeds in the Greenway Community Garden, improve bike trail paths, create a mural for the Richmond’s Greenway, plant pollinator seeds to attract butterflies, and assist with several other outdoor projects.
“On Monday we will spend the day, giving back, paying it forward, and by doing so helping to create the world we have all been dreaming of,” says Doria Robinson, executive director of Urban Tilth.
This will mark Urban Tilth’s sixth annual MLK day of service in Richmond. More than 400 people came out last year to volunteer.
Martin Luther King Day is especially significant in Richmond, Councilmember Corky Booze says, and volunteering is a great way to show support for the city and celebrate Dr. King’s accomplishments. “It shows that this is not just a holiday for people to sit at home. It is a day to step out and show your solidarity for Martin Luther King,” Booze says. “I am on the Richmond City Council because of Martin Luther King.”
But it is not just about work and volunteering. RAW (Richmond Artists with) Talent—a Richmond creative group, known for spoken word and other performances—will be on the main stage and multiple mini-stages. There will be a hot tea bar, free food giveaways, Zumba dancing, musical acts, and a petting zoo. And feel free to ride a bicycle to get there—valet bike parking will be free.
“Spending the day in service, reflecting on the sacrifices that Dr. King and so many others made for our benefit, feeds your spirit and helps us better understand our own power to make change in this world we share,” Robinson says.
Funding comes from the City of Richmond, The Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Bi-Rite Markets, HandsOn Bay Area in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Marin Clean Energy, Mechanics Bank, NUTIVA and US Forest Service.
You can pre-register for the event here.