Over 150 people join together to clean up litter for MLK Day of Service

Approximately 160 people worked to clean up litter in East Austin Saturday morning, as part of the annual MLK Day of Service, through the United Way. 

The non-profit teams up with “Keep Austin Beautiful,” for the event.

Volunteers split up into small groups and fan out in the neighborhood surrounding the United Way. Since 1981, the non-profit has been located on MLK Boulevard.

According to a release, the organization takes great pride in honoring Dr. King’s legacy, mobilizing volunteers for the clean up each year. 

Among the volunteers were Stephanie Downs -- it was her first year volunteering, and she said she would “definitely” be back. “I really like it. I think there’s something really cathartic about it.” she laughed. 

Isa White, has volunteered at the clean up for several years. She says it’s a great way to make friends -- and a positive community event. 

“It’s important that something like this is happening consecutively,” she said. 

The event is family-friendly and accompanied children of all ages are welcome.