Volunteers celebrate MLK Day by fulfilling a family’s dream


His dream lives on. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was carried out as people used Monday’s day off as a day on. As part of the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, volunteers joined together to help a family achieve its dream.

Volunteers with Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps used the day of service to help a South Dakota family achieve the dream of home ownership.

“You know Martin Luther King spoke very much about working together and that’s what we are doing,” said Larry Deibert, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

The teamwork is at the very heart of habitat’s affordable housing efforts.

“They are devoted and they come on their set days and they volunteer and they are just so caring,” said Christine Ivy, the future homeowner of the habitat home. “They are great people to know.”

“You don’t want to mess up because you know the person so you don’t want to get paint on the wood or on the carpet or whatever because that person is going to be living there and you want it to be perfect for them,” said AmeriCorps volunteer Randy Creasman.

Driving for perfection and unity is what the volunteers say is the purpose of this day of service, moving all of us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.


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