- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Volunteers are turning out across Alabama to participate with service projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/1bCEJ6v ) the nonprofit Hands On Birmingham expects Monday to exceed its record turnout of 1,800 volunteers last year. The group is helping coordinate more than 30 projects ranging from pulling weeds on overgrown lots to painting hallways and classrooms at a middle school.

Stephanie Willis, director of Hands On Birmingham, calls the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader “our largest day of service throughout the year.”

In Huntsville, volunteers were helping prepare a charity’s community garden for spring planting. People in Mobile were pitching in to clean up discarded tires and other trash at Three Mile Creek.

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