The city of Palmdale has announced its “Season of Service” events for 2020, as part of the city’s participation in the “National Day of Service” in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Join your friends, family and neighbors and make a difference by being a part of the city’s seventh annual Season of Service,” said Trish Jones, supervisor of community programs. “There are many opportunities to volunteer your time, learn about the community and give back in areas that are meaningful to you.”

Kicking things off is the annual MLK Day of Celebration “Hope and Unity Block Party” sponsored by Advancing Communities Together (ACT). The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACT’s facility located at 38626 9th St. East.

The free block party is open to the community and will feature games, food, live music, art and information on available resources.

Other 2020 Season of Service events include:

Antelope Valley Homeless Count – Thursday, Jan. 23 

Community partner: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority 

Deployment center one: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 2120 E.  Ave. R, Palmdale

Deployment center two: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 39546 23rd St. West, Palmdale.

Register at www.theycountwillyou.org

Participate in the annual event to document homeless persons in the community.  The count provides valuable information for funding and program development. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Community Partners: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, LDS East and West.

Community Cleanup: Barrel Springs Path- Saturday, April 4 

Registration from 8 – 8:30 a.m.; project begins at 8:30 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and rakes.

Register at Pearblossom Highway and Spanish Broom Dr.

Food Insecurity Conference – Thursday, April 23

Location: Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join local service providers and concerned citizens in discussion about combatting hunger in your community.

Pre-registration is required: www.cityofpalmdale.org/hunger

Community Volunteer Resource Fair – Saturday, March 14

Location & Time: TBA

Local agencies will be on hand to provide information about volunteering, donating and engaging opportunities.

Partners: AV Mall and AV Volunteer Coordinators Group

Community Cleanup: Courson Park/SAVES – Saturday, April 25 

Registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m.; project begins at 8:30 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and rakes.

Register at SAVES, 1002, E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale.

Stamp Out Hunger – Part 1 – Saturday, May 9

Community Partner: United States Postal Service

Location: SAVES, 1002 East Avenue Q-12, Palmdale

Time: Varied. Complete list at www.cityofpalmdale.org/servicedays

Partner with local letter carriers for the 27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Food assists local families in need.

Community Partner: United States Postal Service

Stamp Out Hunger—Part 2 – Saturday, May 16

Community Partner: United States Postal Service

Location: SAVES, 1002 East Avenue Q-12, Palmdale

Registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Help SAVES process donations from the Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for community distribution.

Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must complete a Release of Liability (available at www.cityofpalmdale.org or at event registration).

Last year, Palmdale residents donated more than 35,000 hours of service towards making Palmdale a better place to live.

Residents may also develop their own service projects.

“If you have an idea for a project or you want to participate in something but you’re not quite sure what, give us a call at (661) 267-5473 and we can help you identify areas of interest,” Jones added. “Or visit us online at www. cityofpalmdale.org/Engaged.”