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Tennesseans Volunteer During MLK Day of Service

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(Left to Right) U.S. Sen. Bob Corker; Corinne C. Bergeron, Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Brian Williams, Hands On Nashville; and Mayor Karl Dean join volunteers in painting Nashville Fire Department

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 800 area volunteers helped spruce up Nashville Fire stations and a local homeless charity over the long holiday weekend as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

The event was sponsored by Hands On Nashville and Mayor Karl Dean’s Impact Nashville initiative. Dean and Senator Bob Corker joined volunteers yesterday as they added a new coat of paint to Fire House 19.

The Glidden Company provided the paint to refurbish the fire stations and the facilities of Sophia’s Heart, a local non-profit that provides transitional housing for families in crisis.

During the long weekend, volunteers participated in 30 projects, 28 of which took place at 12 fire halls across Nashville. 

Students from several area universities participated, including volunteers from Belmont, Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee State and Vanderbilt.

Hands on Nashville says it’s the best participation they’ve ever had for the annual MLK Day of Service.