65,000 volunteers expected for Phila. MLK Day

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January 7, 2009 6:28:47 PM PST
Organizers of the 14th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service say they expect a record 65,000 volunteers to participate this year - up about 5,000 over last year. Founder and director Todd Bernstein says the volunteers will participate in more than 750 community service projects throughout the region. Philadelphia's service day is by far the largest of many held nationwide on Jan. 19, the federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader.

The Corporation for National and Community Service coordinates similar efforts nationwide. A spokesman for that group, Sandy Scott, says the No. 2 turnout last year was in Washington, D.C., which had about 20,000 volunteers. Scott says Philadelphia is expected to be by far the largest this year as well.

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