Photo courtesy Corporation for National and Community Service
On the day set aside to commemorate his accomplishments, many local groups are honoring Martin Luther King, Junior by performing community service works around the city.
Beyond the standard closures of banks, state and other offices, as well as school – many groups are taking this day to help others. Below is a listing of closures and events from around the Sun City
EPFD, American Red Cross to Hold SmokeWalk
According to the National Fire Protection Association, every day, seven people die in home fires. More than a third of these deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms were present. By having a working smoke alarm installed, the risk is reduced by more than 50%. Smoke alarms can provide you with valuable time to evacuate safely.
On January 21st, 2019, as part of celebrating Martin Luther King Day of Service, the Fire Department and Animal Services, alongside the American Red Cross and other local groups, will canvass the neighborhood around Fire Station 28 to install free smoke alarms and educate families about fire prevention and safety.
During the event, Animal Services will also be visiting the neighborhood to offer free pet microchips and checking to ensure all existing microchips are updated with current information.
Residents who are interested in having a smoke alarm installed at their home can dial 3-1-1 or visit alarms.elpasofire.org to schedule a visit. The Fire Department provides this service at no cost.
WHAT: Day of Service Smoke Walk
WHEN: Monday, January 21st, 2019 – 9:00 AM
WHERE: EPFD Station 28 – 10800 McCombs Dr. El Paso TX, 79924
SISD to close in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Jan. 21
The Socorro Independent School District will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Classes will resume and offices will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
TTUHSC El Paso Students to Volunteer in Five Communities on MLK Jr. Day
Students from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) will volunteer at a number of community service events around El Paso County on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
As part of the Society, Community and the Individual (SCI) course, first-year medical students at TTUHSC El Paso spend their first month immersed in communities around El Paso, getting a jump-start on their medical Spanish skills and learning about health needs around the city. During the course, students spend time with community residents and gain an appreciation for public health service.
Out of that experience, the SCI course and the SGA have planned events around El Paso County on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when students will address some of the community needs that residents told them about.
TTUHSC El Paso encourages a philosophy of service education, a form of teaching that encourages meaningful community service. More than 100 volunteers from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will participate in activities at six locations:
Fabens: Rio Valle Woman’s Club, 521 Mike Maros St. – From 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Fabens Water Forum will offer information about healthy water to residents of Fabens and the surrounding communities, some of which rely on domestic wells. The forum will distribute information on the value of sink water filters and ways the community can maintain sanitary conditions regardless of water conditions.
San Elizario: La Fe San Elizario Clinic, 12101 Socorro Road – From 9:30 a.m. to noon, the San Eli’s Really Good Food event will offer ancestral cooking demonstrations, nutritional information, a free breakfast and more.
Sunland Park: Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovinos Drive – From 9 to 11:30 a.m., a Dream Big Reading Event will be held at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. There will be volunteers serving cocoa and reading stories, as well as a book giveaway for children who live in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Northeast El Paso: El Paso Veterans One-Stop Center, 9565 Diana Drive – From 9 to 11:30 a.m., a Community Resource Fair for veterans will be held. The fair will offer health education, veteran resources, health screening, free items and more.
Downtown El Paso: Community Garden, Across Street from 816 Magoffin Avenue – From 9 to 11:30 a.m., students will help prepare the Opportunity Center for the Homeless’ and Columban Mission’s community garden for spring seeding.
EPCC Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
El Paso Community College (EPCC) will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
This holiday coincides with the beginning of the spring 2019 semester. The semester begins on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule
In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, City Hall and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, January 21.
City Hall, along with City administrative offices, will resume business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesday, January 22.
A complete list of City services and facility closures is posted on the “Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Schedule” banner at www.elpasotexas.gov.
UTEP Closed Jan. 21 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The University of Texas at El Paso will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Students will return to campus Tuesday, Jan. 22 to begin the spring 2019 semester.