In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday observed yesterday by millions of Americans across the nation, Radio One Cleveland partnered with City Year and True for Do Something Day sponsored by First Federal Lakewood! Do Something Day included several corporate partners and community organizations including HandsOn NEO, Stran Beverage, Mr. Chicken, and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a day of community service. Over 700 volunteers convened at eight locations between 10am ““ 5pm to do something with their time and talents that impacted thousands in the community. Service projects included sorting and packing donations for veterans and seniors at the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center; painting murals at Glenville and East Tech high schools; painting classrooms at Marion Sterling Elementary School; serving lunch to residents at the Lakeside Men’s Shelter; and providing a helping hand at Providence House, Glenville Seventh Day Adventist Church and the YMCA. Several Cleveland Cavaliers players, coaches and staff pitched in to help including Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters, CJ Miles, Alonzo Gee, Jeremy Pargo, Paul Pressey, Nate Tibbetts and Jamahl Mosley.
“We are proud to partner with such an initiative that inspires others to take action in their community. And to see so many young people excited to be a part of something bigger than themselves was well worth it,” states Colby Colb, Operations Manager, Radio One Cleveland.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon kicked off the event at East Tech High School by lending a hand along with 200 students and community members to paint several classrooms and a Dr. King inspired mural on the wall of the indoor track.
“Today is a shining example of what we can achieve when we work together,” states Do Something Day founder Simone Jones, True CEO. “This event started last year with an idea and 100 volunteers that believed they could make a difference. And thanks to incredible partners like City Year and Radio One, it has grown beyond what I could have ever imagined.”
“Participating today makes me want to do more in my community,” says Glenville High School student Lynricha Ervin. Over 175 students and community members worked together to paint several murals including images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Obama, Mahatma Ghandi. They also painted several bathrooms, classrooms and stairwells.
Led by HandsOn NEO, over 75 Citizens Leadership Academy students assembled at Lonnie Burten Recreation Center to sort and pack hygiene kits to benefit the VA Hospital, the National Guard, the Veterans Service Commission and the Veterans Shelter. They also made cocoa cards for seniors at Eliza Bryant Village and sorted food donations for the Woods King Armory.
“We are excited, honored and humbled by the hundreds of parents, students, school employees, corporations and service organizations who served alongside our corps members and staff to help transform Cleveland public schools and the surrounding communities,” explained Phillip Robinson, City Year Cleveland executive director and national vice president.