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Passed in 1994, the King Holiday and Service Act designated the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday as a national day of volunteer service.

Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.

On Monday, January 15, as part of the King Day of Service, the staff of TrueNorth Community Services will do just that.

Join TrueNorth and the Volunteer Resource Center of Newaygo County in celebrating King Day. A brown bag lunch public event is at the TrueNorth Service Center, 6308 S. Warner Avenue (M-82) in Fremont, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Eat lunch while listening to two guest speakers discussing the historical significance of Idlewild: Patricia Williams and Gloria Barnett.

Williams is the CEO of the Idlewild Community Development Corp. and was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Idlewild Centennial Commission.

Barnett is an Idlewild community member, is a retired Ferris State University professor, a former educator at Baldwin Community Schools. The president and CEO of Career Technical Education (CTE) Consulting Group and a community activist, she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Ferris State's Office of Diversity and Inclusion for her work in 2014.

The community can also volunteer on service projects at TrueNorth Service Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. January 15. The service projects to be completed are made possible through funding from the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

For more information, or to register for the service project, contact Lisa Daniell at or (231) 924-0641 ext 110. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 10. 

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