The Butler County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is asking for assistance in volunteer service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. They will gather donations on Feb. 1 and deliver them to Bright Futures Families of Augusta. Bright Futures Families offers financial solutions to families in the Augusta area to walk out of poverty. Butler County residents can donate paper goods, such as cups, plates, silverware and napkins in the month of January. Donations can be left at one of the following senior center collection sites: Augusta, Andover, El Dorado, Leon, and Rose Hill, or at the office at 2101 Dearborn St., Ste. 302 Augusta, KS. 67010. Residents can donate during the entire month of January in celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15.

MLK Day marks the beginning of the service year as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. King by contributing their time, talent, voice and money to improve their communities.

“We are answering Dr. King’s call to serve and are making a difference for Butler County residents,” said Melody Gault, the RSVP Program Manager of Butler County. “A resourceful way to meet local needs, volunteer service is a powerful tool that builds strong communities. We are putting the core American principles of citizenship and service into action.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the federal agency that leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses nationwide. These projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence and more.

The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. National Days of Service provide each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.

If you have any questions about this service project or RSVP in general, please contact: Cary Bathon at cbathon@bucoks.com or 316.775.0500.