MLK Day: A Day 'On' not 'Off'

More than 30 employees from Asurion, a global mobile service insurance and tech support company, spent the day volunteering at the Volunteers of America Texas Yale Street location. The volunteer event was in recognition of the National Day of Service to observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The group spent the day performing some much needed tasks that were brought on by Tropical Storm Imelda last fall.

The Yale Street office is home to the Financial Opportunity Center, which provides financial literacy to low-income individuals; the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which helps veterans find safe, affordable housing and jobs; the Health Professions Opportunity Grants program which provides training in order for people to acquire higher paying jobs in healthcare fields; and the Life Enrichment Center, a day program that fosters independence for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The office is nestled in the heart of the Independence Heights neighborhood, and deemed a food dessert in the Greater Houston area. However, the Volunteers of America Texas community garden is a source and resource for those learning how to grow their own produce and consume it as well.

More than 45 garbage bags of overgrown grass, leaves and weeds in the community garden were pulled up and raked away during the project on Monday. The distribution center which was a place of relief for hundreds of people following Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda, was left in disarray. But the dedicated group performed nearly 63 volunteer hours to get the center organized and ready to serve the community again with basic needs supplies, if needed.