Dr. King Honored through National Day of Service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Dr. Martin Luther King

For the third year, members from the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps in Watsonville honored Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy on Monday by working at the food bank. They packed 24,000 pounds of non-perishable food for distribution to hungry people throughout Santa Cruz County.


“I love working with the AmeriCorps members,” said Danny Robles, Volunteer Services Manager at Second Harvest. “They are always willing to help. I would love to see this collaboration become a long-standing tradition here at the food bank.”

Please check out this video of Bob Cadwalader leading the AmeriCorps volunteers in a song sung by freedom marchers at Selma in 1965.
On the annual MLK Day of Service and throughout the year, we are pleased to welcome community volunteers and wish to thank all the local schools, organizations and businesses that have put in so many hours over the years. In 2011/2012, the community contributed 57,032 volunteer hours to the food bank.

The MLK Day of Service is lead by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) a federal agency working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide. More information about CNCS is available at National Service.gov.

Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1994 with six volunteers and has grown to over 400 members serving in 23 sites nationwide. In Watsonville, there are currently fourteen young adults from across the U.S. performing a year of service. Three members work in Second Harvest’s Nutrition Programs group, providing cooking and nutrition classes and supporting Second Harvest’s network of more than 200 agencies that distribute food throughout Santa Cruz County. To learn more about Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps, visit ndmva.org




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