A Day On to Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Legacy

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Black and white image of Martin Luther King, Jr. with text: MLK Days of Service – January 17-25, 2019. #GiveServeThrive
On these special days, our employees spread out in teams to work on a variety of projects that make a real impact — from food banks to free clinics.

For the 15th consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente physicians, dentists and staff are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making it a “day on” rather than a day off in Oregon and Southern Washington. They’re rolling up their sleeves in remembrance of Dr. King’s commitment to community service.

From January 17 through January 25, more than 1,200 Kaiser Permanente Northwest employees, friends, and family members will volunteer at 50 events throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“Our employees are actively involved in the community all year round, and they come out in full force to make a difference on this special day of service,” said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, regional president for Kaiser Permanente of the Northwest.

“I’m proud that so many members of our team have chosen to celebrate the legacy and spirit of Dr. King as we continue to recognize the importance of living his principles every day.”

Kaiser Permanente’s largest event will take place at Harold Oliver and Parklane elementary schools in Gresham, Oregon. More than 350 volunteers will work together to create a bright and welcoming place for students to learn. Building beautification projects will include maintenance, painting and repairs.

As part of the event, Kaiser Permanente will make a $180,000 grant to support the Rosewood Initiative, a community-building effort that supports wellness, education and economic opportunity in Gresham’s Rosewood neighborhood.