Volunteers dispersed across the Chattanooga community Monday to participate in service projects on the federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Among those volunteering were a group of 800 students from Southern Adventist University, who spent the day working at locations including the Chattanooga Zoo, the Samaritan Center, the Creative Discovery Museum and the Humane Society.
Another group of approximately 50 citizens volunteered alongside Chattanooga mayoral candidate Andy Berke in East Chattanooga. The event, hosted by the Glass House Collective, found residents working on projects such as storefront exterior cleanup, trash pickup, weeding and landscaping.
While helping to clear space inside the former bank building, which will play host to a pop-up flea market later this year, Berke said that his assistance in the event was not meant to be campaign-related, but rather as a way to encourage city residents to be community-focused.
"If we're going to create opportunity, then all of us have to share responsibility, whether it's in government or outside of it," Berke said. "Our nonprofits, community leaders and businesses across the city are essential in how you improve Chattanooga."