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College Possible joins City Year Chicago for annual MLK Day of Service

AmeriCorps Volunteers Painting A Mural
AmeriCorps volunteers painting a mural
College Possible AmeriCorps members painting a mural at Parkside Elementary

In January, College Possible Chicago was proud to join City Year Chicago for their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (MLK Day). Our AmeriCorps members teamed up with volunteers from across Chicago for a “day on, not a day off,” honoring Dr. King’s legacy by serving the community.

This year, volunteers gathered at South Shore’s Parkside Elementary to help beautify and paint murals throughout the building. The day kicked off with opening remarks by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who was joined on stage by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Pedro Martinez.

Falling on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday officially designated as a National Day of Service. Each year on this day, volunteers from across the country join together to create meaningful change in their communities and move closer to fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of a “beloved community.”

College Possible Chicago was honored to help celebrate Dr. King’s commitment to service this MLK Day. To learn more about how you can help drive change in your community, visit to view open AmeriCorps service positions in Chicago.

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