BEND, OR -- On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers helped out on different projects across the state. Here in Central Oregon, Volunteer Connect lined up 22 projects for charitable groups across Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.
A record number of volunteers cleaned, painted and landscaped among other things. Katya Spiecker said serving was a good way to get better acquainted with your community. "It's also a great way to just change your perspective. It really does bridge gaps between people-- you get to know your fellow volunteers, you get to know the non profit -- and then you get to know, quite often, the people that they serve and what they need."
Nearly 400 volunteers served a total of over 1,100 hours on Monday. Over the past 6 years, more than 1,700 Central Oregon volunteers have donated their time on MLK Day.