The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting a clean-up event at Lock 8 in the C&O Canal National Historical Park to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, January 15. Approximately 30 volunteers from the local area will be removing invasive winter plants and picking up trash around Lock 8, located off Clara Barton Parkway in Cabin John, Montgomery County, MD.
“We felt the holiday was a perfect time to host an event honoring King’s commitment to not only civil rights in our country, but also his teachings that community action helps solve social problems” said Director of Programs and Partnerships Becky Curtis.
The MLK Day of Service is a national day of service that calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to pressing national problems. The Day empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community,” according to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s MLK Day of Service website (https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday).
“We rely on volunteers to help us preserve and protect the C&O Canal National Historical Park throughout the year,” Curtis added. “We are excited to be joining this nationwide movement to honor King’s commitment to the community.”