What are you doing for others?

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barry and Sofia

The sun was shining brightly as students from Canyon Park Junior High in Bothell pulled into the World Relief parking lot on Martin Luther King Day.

The culmination of a weekend of service opportunities, these CPJH students came down to Kent to participate in a city-wide clean-up with recently-arrived refugees and asylees at World Relief.

The students and World Relief participants carpooled over to the Interurban Trail, gathered trash bags and safety gloves, and set out collecting garbage along W Meeker Street through downtown Kent. Empty bottles, bits of plastic and paper, gloves, food wrappers, and a tire rim were among the items that began to fill our bags. One volunteer’s bag got so full that we had to leave it on the path and collect in when we returned to the park!

MLK service

After collecting what felt like hundreds of pounds of garbage, we headed back to the World Relief office, washed our hands, and gathered in our conference room.

With a generous pizza donation from Naked Pizza, students and World Relief participants shared about their hobbies, life experiences, and culture over a delicious pizza lunch.

The common theme to the question: “Why did you come to the service project today?” was to meet people and give back to the community, a notable response for the World Relief participants who have only been a part of the community for a matter of weeks.

MLK service 2

What a blessing it is to have such engaged students and recently-arrived residents in our community!


Now announcing: 2015 SEA-TRI-KAN Ride for Refugee Employment!  This summer, join World Relief Seattle in cycling from Seattle to Tri-Cities to Spokane to raise support for resettled refugees working toward self-sufficiency.  The 400 mile journey across the state is from June 17th-21st, and discounted early registration is open now.  Information sessions will be held in North Seattle, South Seattle, and Kent next week.  Are you in?  Visit World Relief Seattle’s website worldreliefseattle.org or contact Caitlin at 253-277-1121 or cwasley@wr.org for more information.

Ride for Refugee Employment: SEA-TRI-KAN from World Relief Seattle on Vimeo.

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