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Russet: Start off a new year of volunteerism with MLK Day of Service in Annapolis

Every now and then, I start the new year off talking about volunteering in our community and the surrounding areas. Well, this year is no different.

For many of us, the new year brings with it new goals and many resolutions. As we try to work our way to accomplishing our goals and resolutions, we don't always make it because of the many hurdles life throws our way.

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One goal we can all strive to do and accomplish is volunteering. Whether it is in Russett or elsewhere, it is a great way to make a difference, make new friends and just have fun.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have and still do make a difference in the community and elsewhere. As William Shakespeare said, "I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."

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As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most urgent and persistent question is: What are you doing for others?"

You can answer that question by joining the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County at the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Banneker-Douglass Museum located at 84 Franklin St., in Annapolis. The event is one of thousands of projects taking place across the nation as part of this National Day of Service. Individuals and families can volunteer for multiple nonprofit organizations at the One Central Annapolis location or the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

Children age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. In-door service projects will benefit the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, Chesapeake Children's Museum, Bello Machre, Operation Welcome Home, Creating Communities, Youth Volunteer Corps of the Corridor and more. Volunteers can sign up for time slots of 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. or both. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

You can register through the Volunteer Calendar on http://www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org or by contacting the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or info@volunteerannearundel.org.

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