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Hamakua hosts volunteer fair on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Andy Hallman | Jan 18, 2013

Hamakua Place in Washington will honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with an evening dedicated to volunteerism. Hamakua Place will host an Alive After Five from 5-7 p.m.
Deb Bodensteiner, Hamakua Place executive director, said her building will host a volunteer fair Monday night.
“Organizations that run solely on volunteers will have booths full of information,” she said. “It will be a place where volunteers can sign up to help in their area of interest.”
The Alive After Five will also feature a letter-writing session, where anybody who wants to can write a letter to a local hero.
“People can write a letter of thanks to local heroes such as servicemen, the police department, the fire department, or to anyone they want,” she said.
Hamakua Place hosted a volunteer fair last year, but it was from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Last year, volunteers came in to help with the shelter project,” Bodensteiner said. “We also made a quilt of service organizations in Washington County.”
Each organization had its own quilt block, and the quilt blocks were sewed together to make a giant quilt. That quilt will be on display at the Alive After Five Monday.
United Way of Johnson County has put together a food drive, Feed the Dream Food and Supply Drive, in Washington County to benefit Hamakua Place, HACAP, and other food pantries in the county. The food drive began Jan. 7 and was to end today, but Bodensteiner said that Hamakua Place would continue taking donations for it Monday night.
Bodensteiner said it is appropriate to turn Martin Luther King Jr. Day into a day of volunteering.
“Martin Luther King Jr. was all about serving and helping others,” she said. “I think that day gets lost sometimes.”

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