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January 25, 2011 > Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Submitted By Johnny Ng

Seven years ago, in honor and recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his advancement of civil and human rights, Kaiser Permanente established an annual day of service that takes place on Martin Luther King Day. This approach to celebrating Dr. King's life has enabled thousands of Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians to provide valuable services to our communities and to further advance the Kaiser Permanente legacy that parallels Dr. King's values.

Instead of taking a day off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 95 Kaiser Permanente doctors, nurses and staff with their families spent the "day on" volunteering their efforts in memory of Dr. King. This year, Kaiser Permanente volunteers rolled up their sleeves at projects in Hayward and San Leandro.

At Spectrum/Salvation Army in Hayward, volunteers painted a conference room, administrative offices and activity rooms. They also replaced furniture, sorted a donations closet and spruced up the exterior of the center, adding mulch and new plants. MedShare in San Leandro, an organization that delivers essential medical supplies and equipment to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries, benefited from volunteer efforts to sort and organize medical supplies.

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