FITCHBURG -- United Way Community Builders, a volunteer center serving North Central Massachusetts, is seeking volunteers to participate in its MLK Service Day Challenge on Jan. 26.

This event is part of a regional collaborative of volunteer service projects, multicultural activities and events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

The MLK Service Day Challenge will provide the opportunity for volunteers to participate in one day of intense community service. Volunteers will work together in teams and be asked to share ideas on the most effective and creative way to complete the volunteer project.

"What is really great about the experience is that participants get to meet new people and are able to put their creative ideas to work," said Karin Oliveira, director of United Way Community Builders. "The effect can be very powerful to the individual who wonders if they can truly make a difference."

According to Oliveira, the projects will vary from team to team, but volunteers will not know what project they have until the morning of the event. "It will be the volunteers' jobs throughout the day to complete the challenge project to the best of their abilities."

Volunteers with diverse skill sets are needed and should come prepared to do various types of work, which includes some construction-type projects. "We really encourage folks to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back to your community and making the world a stronger, more vibrant place to live," concluded Oliveira.

To learn about participating in the MLK Service Day Challenge, visit www.community-builders.net or contact Karin Oliveira at United Way of North Central Massachusetts, 978-345-1577, ext. 26, or karin@uwncm.org.