An estimated 800 people around Nashville volunteered their time Monday as part of Dr. Martin Luther King's National Day of Service.
Volunteers worked on nearly three dozen community projects as part of the two-day event.
Eleven fire halls received a lot of help with volunteers painting walls on a day they typically have off from work.
“It's a big deal for them to come out and give up a holiday,” said Capt. Ken Caruthers of Engine 13, near the Sylvan Park area of Nashville.
He continued, “It really means a lot. It means the community is willing to come and stand behind the people that stand behind them everyday.”
Caruthers said his fire hall had not had a new coat of paint since it opened in 1991.
Among the hundreds of volunteers of was Corinne Bergeron of Jackson National Life Insurance Company.
“We had a bunch out on Saturday as well, so we really encourage it throughout the year,” she told News 2 while rolling a wall with paint. “We offer volunteer opportunities every week.”
The volunteers included Mayor Karl Dean whose office, along with Hands On Nashville, coordinated the efforts at the various projects citywide.
“Dr. King was all about service, he was all about giving back to the community, and this is a way people can help and make this a better city.” said the mayor.
A release from the mayor's office said “Nashville ranks at No. 14 of the 51 largest cities in the United States in terms of volunteerism, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service's Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 report.”