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Civic Works volunteers help seven nonprofits across Baltimore

LILLIAN REED, THE BALTIMORE SUN — Although 8-year-old Livi Howland was capable of sweeping up the nails other volunteers had pried from planks of wood, what she really wanted to do was join the adults in their labor.

“That’s not as much fun,” Livi said when someone offered to find her a broom. A few minutes later, her mother, Erin Howland, supervised as she and her twin brother, Mac, carefully used hammers to coax the metal-ware from salvaged wood.

The attitude among volunteers like the Howlands, who spent their Monday completing the Baltimore nonprofit Civic Works’ day of service, was that every little bit helps.

A smaller turnout did not hamper the group of several dozen people who volunteered to partake in Civic Works’ annual day of service, which had been postponed from Martin Luther King Day due to extreme cold weather.

Typically, the urban service corps draws about 300 volunteers on Martin Luther King Day draws to more than seven partnering nonprofits around the city. Because the event was postponed to Presidents Day on Monday, the group’s numbers were slightly smaller, but no less enthusiastic, volunteer manager Gwen Kokes said.

Check out the rest of the article online at the Baltimore Sun. Photo credit Amy Davis, the Baltimore Sun.