In celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the city of Peoria will be hosting its first MLK Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at the Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson Street. 

“This year we wanted to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by creating an event that brings the community together in service of others,” said Chris Hallett, Peoria director of neighborhood and human services.

“The MLK Day of Service is the chance for Peoria residents to connect, access needed services, celebrate diversity and help their community.” 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the city has invited a variety of health and wellness organizations and local community assistance groups to showcase their services for residents. 

The Franchise Band will be the featured entertainment, along with other multicultural entertainment and activities. Chaz Jackson, the president of the Arizona Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers of America, will kick off the event at 10 a.m.

There will be volunteer opportunities, food trucks, a storytime by First Things First, free books for children, service providers and community resources. The on-site clinic will also provide vaccines for COVID-19, flu, pneumonia and shingles for adults and children. 

For more information about the MLK Day of Service, visit peoriaaz.gov/events or call 623-773-7436.

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