Central PA Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - January 18, 2016
Rep. Patty Kim and Aaron Effiong Named Co-Chairs for 2016 MLK Day of Service
November 16 (Harrisburg)--The Central PA Martin Luther King Day of Service Committee announced today that Representative Patty Kim (D-103) and Aaron Effiong will serve as the 2016 Day of Service Co-Chairs. Harrisburg School District Superintendent Dr. Sybil Knight Burney had served as Chair for the past six years.
“Rep. Patty Kim has participated in the King Day of Service for years and is a strong advocate for service to the community,” said Melissa Snyder, a founding Committee member. “And, Aaron is well known for his efforts to make the community stronger, and for stepping up whenever he can give a helping hand,” Snyder concluded.
“I’m honored to serve as co-chair along with Mr. Aaron Effiong. My goal is to continue the positive work of this committee. Over the last seven years, a strong foundation has been built to honor Dr. King through our actions on MLK Day; it’s important to me to continue this tradition of making an impact in our community”, said Rep. Kim at the most recent planning committee meeting.
The Committee extended its gratitude to Dr. Sybil Knight Burney for her leadership over the past six years.
“As Chair, Dr. Knight brought together a diverse and impactful group of community organizations and volunteers—always with the goal of putting Dr. King’s words into action,” said Mike Walsh, a founding committee member. “Through her leadership, dozens of service projects have taken place each year, and thousands of volunteers have made the national holiday a day “on” instead of a day “off”. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Knight has made the Day of Service an integral part of the Harrisburg School District, with students and teachers involved each year. The opening ceremonies each year have included wonderful student performances and the district-led service projects at Camp Curtin, Downey and John Harris are memorable events that bring the community and the school district together. We give thanks for Dr. Knight’s service and look forward to her remaining as part of the Day of Service committee,” concluded Walsh.
In 1995, President Clinton signed legislation making the King holiday a national day of service. Since then, millions have volunteered across the country on the January holiday. The Central PA MLK Day of Service Committee was formed in 2009 and hosted its first event at Harrisburg School District in 2010.
The Committee maintains a website that allows registration for groups interested in hosting service projects and those wanting to volunteer. Community organizations and non-profits interested in hosting a service project, and interested volunteers, can register online at www.centralpamlkday.org