Miller Johnson attorneys Dustin Jackson, left, and Dick Hillary at the Blandford Nature Center for the MLK Day of Service last year. The team cleared brush and cleaned out an old building that hadn't been used in years. Courtesy Miller Johnson
Today — in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — more than 130 attorneys and staff from the Miller Johnson law firm will volunteer their time at one of 13 local charities.
This will be the fourth year that the firm participates in this particular day of service, and it’s one of its most popular volunteer opportunities.
With an average of 75-percent participation, the firm has completed more than 50 projects in the past three years.
“Who better than Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of a beloved community for us to model our annual day of service after?” asked Dick Hillary, attorney and member of the firm’s Day of Service Committee. “We’ve had speakers come in and talk about Dr. King and his vision. We also have a group of attorneys led by Jon March that go out to schools and retirement centers and do a presentation about Dr. King.”
This year’s participants will paint rooms, do outdoor yard work, sort retail donations at a warehouse, assemble Play Grow Read bags for new mothers and provide recreational activities for residents.
“At the end of the day we get together and share photos and experiences,” Hillary said. “We learned that everyone didn’t want our involvement with the organization to just be a one-day deal. We’ve found ways to continue with these organizations throughout the year.
"In addition, many folks have personally committed to the organizations," he said. "An example is someone in human resources who made a year-long commitment to become a foster family for a dog after (volunteering) at Paws with a Cause.”
Service projects like what Miller Johnson is doing are common on MLK, Jr. Day. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual MLK Day of Service — along with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses across the country.
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