Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK Day Coverage

More photos are on the way from ForwardSTL photographer extraordinaire Juan Montana and others, but here's what I've seen in the mean time.

The AmeriCorps Alumni group in St. Louis helped out earlier today. Here's a description from Joe Jovanovich of what they were up to:
Today's service project in honor of Dr. King was planned in conjunction with AmeriCorps St. Louis, the Office of the Mayor Francis Slay, and AmeriCorps Alums of St. Louis. AmeriCorps St. Louis had over 60 of their Members volunteer as well as help lead overall recruitment and coordination of the project. The AmeriCorps Alums chapter was able to secure a $1000 grant to assist project implimentation through the Get Hands On campaign ( We engaged over 300 volunteers in two projects: a community clean-up in the Greater Ville neighborhood, and a massive CFL lightbulb distribution in the 22nd Ward. Nearly 20,000 bulbs donated by Ameren to the City of St. Louis were distributed by volunteers to community residents. These bulbs, when properly utilized, are estimated to save over $200,000 in energy bills and will add up to a carbon reduction equivalent to taking 300 cars off the road.
Some photos:

A story about the ceremony at the Old Courthouse:

Some Post-Dispatch Coverage.

I'll update when I have more info.

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