Last year, 212 people volunteered in the MLK day of service. The event is in its seventh year.
"It started out very small, just a project at the church I attended," R. Dale Evans said.
For the past two years, the Community Services Council has sponsored the event. Evans is a past president of the organization and is currently the chair of the MLK Day committee.
The day of service is referred to as a day on, not a day off. Currently, a number of community groups are participating, creating volunteer opportunities for participants.
"We could use other places; the hard part is, what comes first, the volunteers or the projects," Evans said.
Last year, while there were 212 volunteers, the bulk of those who participated signed up at the last minute. Currently, about 60 people are signed up to participate in 2013.
The event will begin at 7:30 a.m., Jan. 21 at University of Saint Francis, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, with breakfast and team project assignments. Individuals who have signed up will be assigned a team. But, families who have signed up together will be assigned to the same team.
"I really encourage people to bring their children," Evans said. "I'll find a project where they can stay with their parents."
From 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., the program will kick off with presentations from Will County Board leader Herbert Brooks, Jr. and an inspiration by R. Daniel Conlon-Bishop, from the Diocese of Joliet.
Between 9 a.m. and noon, participants will be volunteering at their projects. They will then return to USF for lunch, a reflection and the awarding of community service hours.
Evans said he encourages teens to participate as well to earn their needed community service hours.
If you want to volunteer for the project, call Erica Williams at 815-483-3056.