BERKELEY (KCBS) – It seems as though Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day isn’t viewed simply as a day off for an increasing number of Bay Area residents. Rather, they are turning it into a day of service, benefiting those in need.

For instance, some volunteers planned to fix up a half-dozen homes in one of Richmond’s roughest neighborhoods – the Iron Triangle.

“Everybody on the block has gotten together and they have a dream of where they want their homes and their neighborhood to be,” Berkeley contractor Michael McDowell said of the 800 block of 6th Street in Richmond. He and fellow Lions Clubs members planned to work free of charge on homes on that block for free on Monday. “We took the first six applications and we’re going to repair six homes, we’re going to build a community garden, we’re going to haul about 100 cubic yards of trash.”

He estimates the day’s work translates into about $100,000 worth of work.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

There will also be health professionals in the area providing free eye exams. Hot meals will also be provided.

McDowell reasons there’s nothing better than honoring the dream of Dr. King by helping other people’s dreams come true.

“It’s not just my job, it’s my passion and I want to bring people in the community together to do this,” he explained.

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Comments (3)
  1. Tours Martel says:

    How about people on welfare getting out and doing something on MLK Day? Adding to the ‘content of their character” might be beneficial to all, hmm?

    1. George Fosselius says:

      These are all working poor. They put in their “sweat equity”

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