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Volunteers clean, paint city homeless shelter as part of Monday's day of service

Volunteers clean, paint city homeless shelter as part of Monday's day of service

While Martin Luther King Jr. Day provided a day off from her job at Roland Park Country School, Allison Hoffman used Monday to get some painting done.

Hoffman and a half-dozen other volunteers gathered at the Project PLASE homeless shelter off Maryland Avenue to clean and paint several shelter rooms.

More than 200,000 people were expected to volunteer on projects across all 50 states as part of the annual national day of service.

Congress and President Ronald Reagan designated the third Monday in January to celebrate King's birthday as a federal holiday in 1983, and President Bill Clinton backed the legislation that made it a day of service in 1994. Since then, many have...

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