Saturday: National Day of Service, list of volunteer projects

Today is the national Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is “A day on, not a day off”.

President Obama and Governor Quinn have both encouraged people to volunteer today.

To find a list of more than 100,000 volunteer opportunities in the state, you can go to to

Here’s a shorter list of several projects taking place Saturday via the Chicago Tribune:

• — ending hunger and food waste in your community (

•Let’s Paint the School: Caroline Sibley School Project. Volunteers meet at a Calumet City school to paint the interior. Registration 8-9 a.m. (615-870-2241)

•Community Blood Drive, Fire Station No. 5, Bolingbrook, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

•Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. 9 a.m. Volunteers will assist with a variety of indoor and outdoor projects.

•Des Plaines River cleanup at Santa Fe Prairie Nature Preserve in Hodgkins, starting at 10 a.m. (708-466-2715)

•USO military donation drive and letter-writing campaign at USO of Illinois Navy Pier Center, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Show support for our active troops stationed abroad by bringing donations for care packages and cash donations, and by writing letters. (708-826-0048)

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