A community partnership in Delaware leads to full day of service in honor of Dr. King

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Chemours Company and the United Way of Delaware joined Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki’s staff to organize care packages for the homeless.

Volunteers at the Police Athletic League created an assembly line to pack personal care items in bags. The kits included a variety of toiletries, snacks, bottled water, socks, and blankets. There were also personalized kits packed with toys for children. Volunteers delivered the bags to area shelters where close to 450 homeless men, women, and children can benefit from the effort.

“It is all about celebrating a person who gave back so much to his community around the United States and we wanted to participate in that,” said Susan Kelliher, one of 150 volunteers representing Chemours.

The partnership between Chemours and UWDE created four volunteer opportunities on Monday for employees to keep the legacy of the civil rights leader alive. Employees served the community by helping with a mural project, assisting local veterans, and cleaning up areas to create a better learning environment for children.

“For Chemours, this is our first year of doing a full day of service across the world. Every one of our sites, every one of our offices is doing a day of service,” said Mark Vergnano, CEO and President of Chemours. However, the company specifically chose Martin Luther King Day to give back at all of its U.S. sites.

The Delaware 87ers, Tandem Music Group, Wilmington Police Department, Blue Diamond Dental, and Rock Solid Contracting also helped with the care packages through donations or volunteer work.

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