City officials are seeking projects for volunteers to work on this MLK Day. (Photo: Phil Stanziola, MGNOnline)
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City officials are calling for projects that can be part of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

For Chattanooga’s fifth year of service, called A Day On, Not a Day Off, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will mobilize local citizens, schools, neighborhoods, businesses and organizations to help complete service projects around the city in an effort to advance King’s dream of opportunity for all, according to a news release.

Officials are hoping to get a list of 50 projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

“The depth of Dr. King’s influence is so great that we wanted a significant way to honor his memory and teachings,” Office of Multicultural Affairs Director James McKissic said in a prepared statement.

Officials are looking for a range of service projects that include not only beautification but also education and outreach.

For example, volunteers made rounds at various apartments across Chattanooga to equip residents with information on their rights under fair housing law on 2017’s MLK Day of Service.

“By gathering 50 projects from all over Chattanooga, we can spread his message of social justice to every neighborhood while honoring his important legacy,” McKissic also said.

On Jan. 15, 2018, volunteers will gather on the campus of UTC at Chamberlain Pavilion and then fan out into neighborhoods to undertake landscaping, clearing debris, trail maintenance, painting, deep cleaning and project repairs.

Check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m., and work begins at 9 a.m. Work lasts until 12:30 p.m. or earlier, if tasks are completed quickly.

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