Although it's nearly a month away, the Williamsport MLK Jr. Day of Service committee has started raising funds for its event in January.
The committee has launched an Indiegogo.com crowd-sourcing website, a site where users create fundraising campaigns to tell their stories and get the word out about them in order to reach a broader audience of potential donors.
The committee is hoping to raise $8,000, which will be used to assemble 40,000 meal packs of either rice and beans or macaroni and cheese for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
The day of service, a special initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, encourages the strength and empowerment of local communities across the country in honor of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event will be held Jan. 18 and begins with a peace walk starting at 9 a.m. at Campbell Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The walk will end at the Lycoming College Recreation Center, about a mile away, where volunteers will assemble the meal packs.
The day also will include guest speakers, music and activities for children.
The Lycoming County branch of STEP AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and one of the partners in the event, also is asking for volunteers to attend the service project, bring a non-perishable food item on the day of the event or simply donate funds.
To learn more about the Williamsport MLK Jr. Day of Service, visit the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mlkdaywilliamsport. To donate to the crowd sourcing effort, visit http://igg.me/at/wportmlk.