Officials say there was a record turnout at the Seneca Creek Community Church as more than 600 people arrived to take part in that communities Martin Luther King day of service.
Gaithersburg residents signed up for nearly 2,000 volunteer work hours with seventeen different community projects.
Local leaders were on hand to encourage participation in these projects, saying the values of charity and empathy must be stressed now more than ever before.
“I think with the leader of our country spouting divisive language it’s really important for us to come together on this day and it’s really important for us to reinforce the message that martin Luther king held so dear,” said Gaithersburg City Council member Laurie-Anne Sayles.
Some of the featured projects included a letter writing campaign to troops overseas, making fleece blankets for children in need and several programs aimed at supporting people currently working their way out of homelessness.