Martin Luther King speaks to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul on April 27, 1967. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

San Diego’s religious leaders will gather on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to volunteer in Balboa Park.

For three hours on Jan. 18, members of Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian congregations will volunteer in Balboa Park to clear brush, remove invasive plants and plant new trees. The day honoring the Civil Rights leader is known as a Day of Service.

“We find tremendous joy in our work together each year,” said Rabbi Michael Berk, Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego. “In all the challenges of our American diversity, it is tremendously hopeful to simply work side by side, caring for the beauty of our city, together.”

More than 500 volunteers gathered as a part of this interfaith effort last year. Over the past several years, the number of faith groups participating has consistently increased.

The volunteer effort is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch and entertainment will be provided afterward.

To volunteer, register at

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