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Volunteers pay MLK tribute by giving back

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Karla Fields with Hands on Birmingham was rolling up her sleeves Sunday morning and getting things ready for the annual MLK day of service.

"We call it 'turn a day off, into a day on,'" Fields explained.

On Monday, Fields along with 2,000 local volunteers, will pay tribute to the late civil rights leader by giving back.

"In the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, people really start focusing on how can I make my community better?" Fields added.

Hands on Birmingham MLK Day of Service started 14 years ago as a way to make a major impact, all in one day.

"It's grown exponentially every year. People call us; they want to know what we're doing, where they can sign up," Fields added.

This year organizers expanded the list of service projects to meet the growing demand. On Monday there will be 53 different volunteer projects across five counties, from feeding the homeless, landscaping to handing out shoes. Fields says there are opportunities for every member of the family.

"We have projects where people can bring out their kids, if they can watch them and they can help landscape, we'll be out at Harvest Retreat which is a great kids project," explained Fields.

Birmingham's MLK day of service is one of the largest organized efforts in the country, a feat that doesn't surprise Fields.

"In Birmingham there is definitely a true spirit of civic engagement and people want to give back, and I think that's what helps it grow," she said.

There are still spots available for about half a dozen volunteer projects on Monday. Those interested in signing up can visit:

http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/MLK .

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