The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 28, 2013

Organizers report successful MLK Day of Community Service


Monday, January 28, 2013 — Many volunteers gathered on Monday to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this year’s community cleanup celebrating MLK Day of Community Service.

Volunteers of all ages  helped rid the streets of litter. More than 40 30-gallon bags of trash were collected from Summit Avenue, Lundix Street, Spaulding Street, McLaughlin Street, Washington Lane, Arey Avenue, Lennox Street, Leonard Avenue, Colston Street, Coggins Street, Bailey Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the first-ever MLK Day of Community Service.

The clean-up was sponsored by Together Everyone Achieves More of NC (Team of NC). The bags were donated by Stanly Ace Hardware in Albemarle. This cleanup is a part of the first phase of the city-wide clean up.

“Team of NC believes in the beautification of our communities and the MLK Day of Service is great way to honor Dr. King by giving back to the community and city,” said Carey Sellers, president of Team of NC.

“Not only do we spread a positive message on his behalf, but we are also able to influence our community to join in making a difference. It is always nice to see people donate their time and effort to serve their community.”

Community involvement is one of the vital goals of all Team of NC projects.

“Our vision is for Stanly County to be a resilient, innovative, philanthropic, creative and thriving community for all,” Sellers said.

“What is happening here today supports that vision. I think Dr. King would be proud of Stanly County and the direction we’re headed.

“This event encourages the conceptual beliefs of Dr. King. Dr. King was a catalyst for change in the community, and this service is one of the greatest honors we can provide.”

The annual clean-up and MLK holiday calls for all citizens to work together to help strengthen communities.

“I’m so grateful to see all of these empowered volunteers here today, dedicating their time and energy to honor Dr. King’s vision — a ‘Beloved Community,’ ” Sellers said.

“This event provides the opportunity to participate in a great cause and give back to the community.”

To learn more on how Team of NC helps to strengthen communities visit