The Archdiocese of New Orleans is joining with many service groups around the area and the country in the MLK Day on not OFF on Monday, January 18 by sending groups and families of volunteers out to make a difference for local nonprofit organizations. Over 300 people, most of them high school students, will be giving up their day off of school or work to give back to the community to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For all of the volunteers, the day will begin with a prayer service and commissioning led by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at Jesuit High School at 8:30 am. From there, groups of volunteers will go out to the different volunteer sites. Following their day of service, the groups will conclude their day reflection and a prayer service.

Individual and small groups will be sent to Ozanam Inn, the Ronald McDonald House, Belle Reve, Delille Inn and Liberty House. The large volunteer group sites are as follows:

* City Park - 60 Volunteers
Location is Near the intersection of Harrison & Marconi
Contact: Joe Baucum 504-214-6044
When entering City Park from Harrison Ave after you have gone 1 block look for Chevron Tree Farm sign
Take a left then immediately turn right into gravel parking lot (you'll see NOPD horse trailers)
Follow around horse arena on road which will take go directly to Tree Farm (road won't take you anywhere else)
Sponsored by Chevron & LA Urban Forestry Council

* Green Light New Orleans - 40 Volunteers
Groups of 5 not groups of 10
Volunteers switch light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) to needy homeowners one house at a time. Most homeowners are low to middle income and many are seniors. This helps lower energy bills and fight climate change.

Neighborhoods of Mid-City, Uptown & Broadmore
Training to be held at Green Light Office: 8203 Jeannette St. NO, LA 70118 (Off Carrollton near Oak Street)
Volunteers then drive to homes.

* Louisiana Children's Museum - 10-15 Volunteers
420 Julia Street New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-1357