Branches once again celebrated and honored Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15th, 2018 through a day of community service in Florida City and South Miami. Branches Florida City’s staff, AmeriCorps members and volunteers spent the day beautifying South Dade through several painting, planting and renovation projects.
Branches Florida City celebrated its 8th Annual “Florida City, Love Yourself” on Jan. 15th as dozens of volunteers came together to beautify the Florida City community and revitalized 3 homes in the nearby area, helping Branches families and neighbors in need on this special day. The activities took place from 7:30am-2pm at and around Branches Florida City. It was another fantastic day of service!
Branches South Miami hosted its 5th Annual SoMi Lights MLK Day of Service on Jan. 15th from 8am-2pm as about 75 volunteers from all over Miami-Dade helped clear hurricane debris from All America Park in South Miami. Volunteers included brothers from Miami’s Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alphi, AmeriCorps members from Branches and Children of Inmates, community members and South Miami City Officials.
On Saturday, February 10th, 2018 Branches South Miami also hosted the 5th Annual “MLK Remix” Festival from 11am-4pm at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center, 5800 SW 66th St., South Miami. The day started at 10am with the South Miami MLK Unity Parade that ended at the Community Center and kicked off the MLK Remix event.
The event featured several artist performances and several dance groups. All performers helped spread a positive message to the kids and youth in the community. Off stage, the event featured several vendor booths and interactive activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Activities included face painting, art and dance classes offered by Out Loud Artistry and much more.
Over 500 people attended MLK Remix in 2018 including the mayor, vice-mayor, commissioners, and several of the local church representatives. Thank you to our key funder, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Generous donations from the City of South Miami, the South Miami CRA, South Miami Hospital, BJ’s, Publix and Winn Dixie also helped make all of this possible. We are truly grateful for the incredible support of our partners and the entire South Miami community for this incredible event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We can’t wait to see everyone again in 2019!