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New Yorkers Heed the Call to Duty

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Yorkers are heeding president-elect Obama's call to volunteer today, to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior's birthday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: About a dozen Obama supporters showed up on the 8th floor of a storage warehouse on Flatbush. They'd come to help Sue Rock Originals, the nonprofit makes stylish clothes for domestic abuse survivors trying to enter the workplace.Betsy Voss says Obama's call is timely, because volunteering has been on her mind.

VOSS: And I hadn't been doing anything. So I thought, why don't I jump into this? Because he's asking for something so I'll go and do that.

REPORTER: Voss and other volunteers plan to return to Sue Rock Originals, and Dan Lavoie of Brooklyn for Barack says that's the sort of response which would make today the real turning point.

LAVOIE: As amazing as the election day was, today's the day when we're going to see if we can make the change real.

REPORTER: Lavoie and other Obama supporters are organizing another volunteer event, called Continue the Change Service Fair. That's set for February 8th.

For WNYC, I'm Arun Venugopal.

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