The Volunteer Center of Story County is again coordinating service projects in honor of Dr. King’s Legacy of community engagement. During the day on Monday, Jan. 15, several community organizations have a variety of projects for volunteers to participate in.

This Day of Service, is supported in part by a Community Grant from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Volunteer Center will be making T-shirt mats and rugs at City Church, 2400 Oakwood Road, between 1 and 4 p.m.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring in their old T-shirts and all other supplies will be provided. The finished mats, will be donated local animal and emergency shelters for their programs.

Other participating agencies include Overflow Thrift Store, Project Linus of Story County and Creative Counseling Services. LifeServe Blood Center will be open on this holiday and community members can also serve by donating blood on this day.

Projects are open to volunteers of all ages and as groups or individuals.

“Dr. King believed that each one of us in the community could do great things in our community through each of our own small acts when we came together. This a perfect opportunity to continue his work, and improve Story County for all of us,” said Anne Owens, VCSC executive director.

MLK Day marks the beginning of the service year as hundreds of thousands of individuals will honor the memory of Dr. King by contributing their time, talent, voice and money to improve their communities.

The Volunteer Center is joining Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage 250,000 individuals in acts of service through thousands of service projects and dialogue in more than 50 communities across the nation.

For information and to register for these projects, volunteers can contact the Volunteer Center by calling 515-268-5323, email at or visit the website at