JCCs mark MLK Day with volunteer projects

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The Jewish Community Centers in the East Bay and Palo Alto will be honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by facilitating volunteer projects on Monday, Jan. 21.

The JCC of the East Bay is co-partnering with the Watershed Project for its annual Mitzvah Day and Martin Luther King Day Community Work Project.

Volunteers can choose one of two locations, either picking up trash and helping remove invasive plant species at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, or planting greenery and picking up trash along the Richmond Greenway.

Both events run 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For locations and other details, email [email protected], call (510) 848-0237 ext. 138 or visitwww.jcceastbay.org/events and click on Jan. 21.

The Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, in conjunction with a number of Jewish agencies and schools, is holding its community-wide Mitzvah Day Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is part of the MLK Day of Service, whose slogan is “Make it a day on, not a day off.”

Among the more than 20 service project options are making crafts for hospitalized children; cooking and serving meals at shelters; habitat restorations; visits with seniors; and making cat toys and dog biscuits for homeless animals. New this year is a project planned on Sunday, Jan. 20 for people in their 20s and 30s. In addition, an art project led by local artist Neta Levi will help beautify the OFJCC.

For information, visit www.paloaltojcc.org/mitzvah, call (650) 223-8656 or email [email protected].