MLK Day 2014…a day of service

On January 20, 2014, volunteers from Kaiser Permanente and, in some instances their family members, once again gathered to spend MLK Day in an area community facility performing needed improvements and maintenance. This year they took on projects at the Novato Youth Center (NYC) including landscape mulching, planter maintenance, cleaning, computer maintenance, and bookcase construction.

Petaluma’s Rebuilding Together (RTP), in a long standing partnership with Kaiser for Martin Luther King Workdays, coordinated logistics.

Kaiser Volunteers 2014


To view all the photographs go to>> Kaiser MLK Photo Gallery 2014

As a tease to check out the gallery, I offer this quote from Ally Oxenhandler, the principal at NYC:

What an amazing experience.  Your team couldn’t have been any lovelier to work with.  And the results……..well……..nothing will ever top it!  We will enjoy them every single minute of every single day for the next many, many years.  Thank you for selecting us.  Sometimes, wonderful things happen!  It was a pleasure to work with all of you. The best MLK Day of my life.”

…and this small collage to further encourage you to check out ALL the photos in the gallery linked above…

(Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos)


MLK Day 2013…a day of service

On January 21, 2013, volunteers joined together under the auspices of Kaiser Permanente and Rebuilding Together Petaluma to spend the day at the Family Life Center on Kuck Lane performing various tasks including painting, construction, and landscaping projects on the property.

Over 75 Kaiser volunteers (including their children in many instances) from Kaiser Permanente in Sonoma and Marin Counties worked with staff and students from The Family Life Center.

I had the distinct pleasure of being invited to take a few photos of the event.  I hope the gallery below will give you a sense of the day!


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MLK–A National Day Of Service

Martin Luther King Day is more than another Monday Holiday. It is also a day when people throughout the country join together to work on various service projects in their community.

Everyone knows this…right?

Well I, for one, did not.

Furthermore, my ignorance would have continued but for a request from Jane Hamilton of Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP)  to take some photos at the Martin Luther King Jr. “Day of Service” project at Valley Vista Child Care in Petaluma.

I later learned that the Valley Vista project was one of many throughout the nation. For example, in the Greater Philadelphia Area, 70,000 people turned out to work on 1,100 community projects. (Link)

On the morning of January 18, I arrived at Valley Vista to find 30 volunteers. They were primarily employees, including friends and family members, from Kaiser Permanente facilities in Santa Rosa, San Rafael & Petaluma.

Their presence was due to the efforts of Carol Harris, Kaiser’s Community and Government Relations Manager (Sonoma/Marin) and Jane Hamilton of RTP.

Kaiser and RTP have a history of working together in the planning and execution of  MLK Day projects with Kaiser providing grants and employee volunteers to work with RTP. And so it was again this year.

During the course of the day, they fixed  bicycles, scooters, computers, and skates.  In addition, one crew worked on painting a room–washing the walls before applying a prime coat and the finish coat. Another group worked on general cleaning which included, believe it or not, sorting through and organizing the Barbie accessories.

Below are a few photos and photo collages from the day’s activities…


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.





  • Rebuilding Together Petaluma posted a link to a full set of photos from the Valley Vista workday.  To view, CLICK>>HERE
  • Also see the Article in the Press Democrat.