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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Martin Luther King Day Volunteer Opportunities In Seattle

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo Credit: United Way of King County

This is exactly what Martin Luther King Day is all about: Helping to build and sustain a better community and foster relationships between all communities. The United Way of King County has created an easy list of volunteer opportunities for Monday, January 16, 2012, in honor of the National Day of Service honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participate in volunteer projects that will have a lasting impact on our community. Volunteer projects include:

  • Beautifying a women’s shelter
  • Painting a mural at a local elementary school
  • Sorting and packing donations at a food bank
  • Environmental restoration

Photo Credit: United Way of King County

The United Way of King County makes it easy to figure out where and when to help. Their website provides a list of volunteer opportunities, the causes they support, where and when to show up, how many volunteers are needed, and a place to register. There is an event for everyone.

WHEN: Monday, January 16, 2012

WHERE: Various locations; check list for volunteer opportunities

REGISTER: To register for a volunteer opportunity, go to United Way National Day of Service Volunteer page

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