NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, community service projects are going on throughout New York and across the country.
Volunteers gathered Monday at Sheepshead Bay High, hoping their day or service will help a community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
“The students and the teachers that go to school here and work here live in the communities that were the most affected,” said Executive Director of City Year New York Erica Hamilton.
About 600 volunteers gave up their day as part of a national effort to honor the life and legacy or Martin Luther King by improving communities.
“It’s people who are volunteering, who are taking time out of their day to do a good thing,” said volunteer Ali Hirshhos.
In Red Hook, a similar scene as volunteers scraped paint off a basement flooded by Sandy. By day’s end, it will all be repainted.
“We’re always just impressed by New Yorkers that step up and the work that they’ll do, they’ll do whatever it takes and I think that what makes our city great,” Diane Billings-Burford, chief service officer of NYC Service told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.
In Bedford-Stuyvesant, volunteers with the NYC Coalition Against Hunger spent their day reaching out to shoppers about food stamps.