Thousands to Participate in Earth Day 'HandsOn' Project

4/18/2012, 5:51 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "HandsOn Greater DC Cares" will once again sponsor its largest annual service project, Servathon 2012, on Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21. Nearly 10,000 volunteers are expected to dedicate their personal time to serve the region at more than 96 locations throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

"Servathon 2012 offers a unique opportunity for volunteers of all ages, skill levels and professional affiliations to assist community organizations and nonprofits with improving their facilities and sprucing up their environments with manpower and resources that they would not otherwise have access to, " said Greg Roberts, CEO of HandsOn Great DC Cares. "We are encouraging everyone to join us in this effort."

During the two days of service, community and corporate volunteers will participate in projects at local area schools, nonprofits organizations, libraries, recreation centers, public spaces, and more. They will unite in service to participate in a broad range of projects, including painting murals, beautifying after school programs, organizing library books, painting school rooms, cleaning parks, spending quality time with the elderly, serving meals to the area's homeless, including children, and much more.

Aligned with the observance of Earth Day, this year's special service focus is the environment. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation for Earth Day by engaging in environmental projects such as restoring community garden, park cleanup and recycling, planting of trees and shrubbery, revitalizing community gardens, landscaping public space and installing beautiful new flower beds.

While serving the community, Servathon 2012 volunteers will raise much-needed funds to support their other service events, including its upcoming 9/11 Observance Service project in September and its Annual MLK Day of Service in January which, this year, included participation by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama girls, Malia and Sasha.

Servathon 2012 will culminate with a Service Awards Program and Reception to celebrate accomplishments.

Meanwhile, the call for volunteers is ongoing. Interested volunteers are encouraged to register for Servathon 2012 at: http://www.greaterdccares.org