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MLK, Jr. Day of Service: Soldiers Home Ecotherapy

January 18, 2016 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Washington Soldiers Home and Colony

1301 Orting Kapowsin Hwy
Orting, WA 98360

Contact :

Ryan Mielcarek
(206) 228-5466
1st Platoon South Sound and Community Members will be honoring the legacy of service left by Martin Luther King Jr. with a service project to benefit the Veterans at the Washington State Soldiers Home and Colony.

The Mission Continues South Sound Service Platoon (SSSP) served as an integral part of the over leadership and success of the September 11th 2015, Volunteer Day service project for the Veterans’ Farm at Orting, facilitated by the WA State Soldiers’ Home & Colony in Orting Washington.

Since then, the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) continues to improve on that success by developing six, fenced-in, half acre farm and garden plots for use as part of a permaculture eco-therapy program facilitated by the WDVA starting in the spring of 2016.

1st Platoon South Sound will build on the success of the VCC by building significant improvements to the Veterans’ Farm Admin Area and an area used for storage, farm management, and future classroom instruction for Permaculture farming education. This will lead to a greater onsite presence for future veteran farmers, farm facilitation, and management to further the success of the eco-therapy program and well being of veterans.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn about the Music & Memory program, an initiative to assist veterans experiencing dementia to reconnect to their past through the power of music.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." - Corporation for National and Community Service

What To Wear :

Sturdy gear and your TMC T-Shirt. One will be provided if you don't have one.

What To Bring :

Your enthusiasm and spirit.

Parking :

Volunteers are encouraged to carpool. Parking will be available through the main entrance of the Soldier's Home. More information will be provided.

Inclement Weather Plan :

No rain no gain.