Senator Anthony Cannella Commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Volunteers in Modesto

Monday, January 17, 2011

MODESTO, CA – In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national day of service, State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today joined volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County to help raise the wall of a home being constructed in Hope Village in west Modesto. Today's event was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente which had 100 employees from their facilities throughout the Central Valley show up for the community service. The volunteers were joined by residents of Hope Village and other Habitat projects.

"I salute Habitat for Humanity for providing a hand-up to so many deserving residents of our community," said Cannella. "At a time when foreclosures are forcing families out of their homes, it is gratifying that Habitat and Kaiser are working together today to put people in homes."

Cannella went on to say, "In his continual pursuit of justice and equality, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exemplified service through his never wavering commitment to ‘the beloved community.' Today, we pause to commemorate Dr. King's life and recall the sacrifice he made to build a nation free of injustice and prejudice. During this national day of service and in commemoration of Dr. King's life, I encourage my neighbors to join me in extending a helping hand in our communities as part of our continuing commitment to build a better future for generations to come."

Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County is a faith-based housing ministry connecting people from all faiths and walks of life to work with families in need to improve housing in Stanislaus County. Habitat offers affordable housing solutions for the local workforce by partnering with low-income families to build sustainable housing throughout the region. Participating families have an income below 50 percent of the area's median income, have excellent work and credit histories to ensure loan repayment and contribute at least 500 hours toward home construction.

De Leon & Cannella
Photo Caption:
State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) with Mariela De Leon, Health and Wellness Director at Kaiser Permanente greets volunteers helping construct a home at Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County's Hope Village in West Modesto.
Photo Credit: Chris Tyler, Office of Senator Anthony Cannella