South Sound volunteers honor MLK with day of service

Staff WriterJanuary 20, 2014 

Nora Mena joined about 75 other community volunteers of all ages for a Stream Team tree planting project at Woodland Creek Community Park in Lacey on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Other South Sound organizations involved with community service projects to observe the holiday included the Olympia Kiwanis, South Sound Reading Foundation and the Volunteer Chore Services program.

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About 75 people, undeterred by another cold, gray Monday morning in Thurston County, took advantage of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to spend a little time helping Woodland Creek in Lacey.

The number of volunteers who showed up at the Stream Team event – 25 more than registered – was a welcome surprise, said organizers April Roe and Missy Ayres, both AmeriCorps volunteers. The event was one of dozens underway throughout the region Monday in honor of the holiday, which has become a day of service nationwide in recent years.

The group of volunteers, which included children and adults, went to work planting shrubs along the stream to prevent erosion, applying mulch around recent plantings, and creating a mulch trail. Stream Team volunteers have previously worked in the area planting Christmas trees, Ayres said.

One of the volunteers at the event was Logan Marty, 17, of Olympia. “I thought I’d help out the community,” he said simply.

“Environmental justice is social justice,” said Anne Schuster of Olympia, another AmeriCorps volunteer, making a connection between the Stream Team event and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For more information about Stream Team events throughout the year, check the organization’s calendar at

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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