LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Close to 500 volunteers are rolling up their sleeves across Louisville on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help improve the community.
It's all apart of the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
A handful of volunteers from the UAW/Ford 826 chapter brought tools and their skills to Liberty Bible Baptist Church on S. 41st in the Shawnee neighborhood to help build what will be a youth center.
Pastor Darrell Ray said he was honored to be selected to have volunteers come to his church after several hardships. Last May two men the church took in stolen nearly everything from the youth center from electrical wiring to the boilers to the chairs.
Pastor Ray said before the theft around two dozen children and teens used the youth center.
On Monday volunteers put up framing to prepare what will be the youth center for insulation.
Monday's day of service kicks off 40 Days of Service in King's memory. The service will conclude on April 4, the anniversary of his assassination.
The church is still in need of donations:
- You may mail a check to Liberty Bible Baptist Church, 245 S 41st St., Louisville, Ky., 40212
- Drop a donation of at L&N Credit Union C/O Shawnee Community Development of Liberty Fund
- Pay for items at Home Depot in the name of Liberty Bible Baptist Church