MLK Unity Day project spruces up The Arc


These represent only about two-thirds of the volunteers. It was a come-and-go affair and not all were present at the time the photo was taken. Right: Jim Ed Clayton, Ian Evans (on ladder), and Heinrich Zocher clean windows. -photos courtesy Jim Ed Clayton

These represent only about two-thirds of the volunteers. It was a come-and-go affair and not all were present at the time the photo was taken. Right: Jim Ed Clayton, Ian Evans (on ladder), and Heinrich Zocher clean windows. -photos courtesy Jim Ed Clayton

For at least the last four years, Helping Unite Blount (HUB) has brought a very practical thrust to the ceremonies relating to the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day celebration. HUB has organized volunteers to capture the spirit of unity in concrete form.

This year the beneficiary was The Arc of Blount County, an agency that provides day program and residentially based activities for intellectually challenged adults in two centers in Blount County – one in Cleveland and one in Oneonta.

About 45 HUB volunteers, including teenagers and children, cleaned windows and appliances and painted cabinets and walls at the Oneonta Arc center on a cold Monday morning. Other unity celebrants prepared for official and inspirational (and warm) Unity Day ceremonies at The Little Brick Church and a luncheon following at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church.

HUB has specialized over the last four years in clean up, fix up, and paint at places like the Nectar Senior Center, the Rocky Creek Equine Center (where they branched out into fence-row cleaning and stall construction), and Oneonta Public Library (where they built the outdoor reading, reflection, and picnic area in the shade next to the building).

 

 

So, let’s hear it for HUB! Or, better still, call Jim Ed Clayton at the Blount County Children’s Center, Richard Phillips at the city of Oneonta, or Malinda Morton at Wallace State Oneonta and volunteer yourself – and your kids and teenagers too, if applicable – to work on their next project when Unity Day rolls around in January next year.