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Hundreds Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Day of Service

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Vanderbilt students paint local fire station. Vanderbilt students paint local fire station.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - All across the country, people are taking time to give back to their communities as part of the National Day of Service. Non-profits organized numerous events here in the Volunteer state.

More than one dozen Vanderbilt students rolled up their sleeves all in the name of service.

"We wanted to do something special to commemorate our Founders Day as well as Martin Luther King Day," Courtney Fleming, Vanderbilt Senior and member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority said.

They're some of the hundreds of Hands on Nashville volunteers dedicating a few hours Saturday to spruce up fire stations.

"It's a nice facility, but it's sort of drab. I think the painting gave it life. I can just tell just how much brighter the halls are," Fleming said while painting one of the walls.

Longtime volunteer Jackie Shrago knows the need in the community is year-round.

"Figure out when you've got some time and realize you probably have something to donate to people who need your help," she said.

Shrago organized a volunteer fair at the Center for Non-Profit management to connect people with opportunities right in their backyard. It's a way for less-visible agencies to introduce themselves and generate support.

"I'm very delighted that people are saying I didn't know you were out here," Navita Gunter, President of the Cervical Cancer Coalition of Tennessee said. "But I'm so glad to see that you are."

Agencies are willing to work with volunteers' schedules. Nashville Fire Captain Mike Erdelyan knows sometimes the smallest gesture has the biggest impact.

"It's just amazing that young people will give up their weekend to do something nice like this for firemen," he said.

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