Dear TWP Volunteers and Partner Organizations,
As I reflect on Monday’s events, I am filled with gratitude and pride at the incredible efforts during our MLK Day of Service at Unity Park, Pullman Portal, and other areas along our beloved Richmond Greenway. It was truly a collaborative endeavor that brought together so many friends and community organizations. From leaders of the Watershed Project, City of Richmond, Urban Tilth, POGO Park, and Groundwork Richmond; and in a new partnership this year, dedicated staff and volunteers from California Volunteers, Office of the Governor. Thank you so much for your dedication and participation that went incredibly far toward creating such an excellent day of service within our community.
Monday’s 17th Annual MLK Day of Service was not just a day of activities but a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s enduring legacy of advocating for racial equality, justice, community, aid, and an end to discrimination.
Through planting trees and native plants, removing invasive plants and picking up trash, you demonstrated such beautiful commitment as we worked to tend our shared community park, the Richmond Greenway. We will feel your work’s impact for many years to come, looking at your example in beautifying our community and contributing to environmental sustainability. At noon, when we gathered at Unity Park to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to reflect on his legacy, I could feel the spirit of unity and service in the air. It reminded me of the positive change we can achieve when we come together and gather in person like this under a unifying mission of love, passion, and service for our community.
Community Climate Action Days are an opportunity for Californians to support projects protecting our communities against the harshest impacts of climate change while improving our quality of life and access to green spaces. Community Climate Action Days are more than community service events–they’re a celebration of all that makes California unique: our food, our culture, our natural landscapes and communal parks, and our deep commitment to make our communities safer, greener, and more resilient.
As we enjoyed food and music on Monday, and as the day concluded, it was evident that this event was not just about the tasks completed but about the connections made and the shared commitment to building a better community. Thank you to each volunteer and partner organization for your invaluable contributions. Your dedication echoes Dr. King’s vision of a society united in service, and together, we are making a difference in our community, and through this, making his vision a reality.