On Monday, January 21, Charlottesville Abundant Life celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by hosting the 11th annual Fifeville Celebration. In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, UVA volunteers and professors, local banks, and other volunteers Abundant Life was able to offer attendees financial literacy courses to adults and teens, a veteran discussion, arts and crafts and a discussion on minority activism at UVA.
Abundant Life’s AmeriCorps members were primarily responsible for the organizing and execution of the event. The day began with Arley and the LQ girls doing community service at The Haven and a Health Screening offered in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Commons community center. Later on, volunteers and students made arts and crafts and discussed topics that related to Dr. King’s legacy of peace and serving others. There were also 2 adult discussions lead by Professor Claudrena Harold from the University of Virginia and Ben Shaw from the Virginia Veterans Services and Wounded Warrior Program.
The day concluded with a candlelit march through the Prospect Avenue community and a heart-warming celebration of those who have helped Abundant Life sustain its mission. Students were also celebrated for their accomplishments in our programs. After the ceremony concluded, community members met in the Buford cafeteria to fellowship and eat food generously provided by Mel’s Diner.
Local Media covered the event. You can read more here.