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For employees of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente Fresno, the Martin Luther King holiday isn’t a day off. It is a day on.
Nearly 80 volunteers worked on projects in and around the Poverello House homeless services campus in downtown Fresno on Monday (Jan. 15). They helped paint sheds, organize hygiene kits, prepare food in the kitchen and reach out to the homeless.

“Fresno is great, but we still have problems: homeless, poverty, children not graduating. We want people to do good every day.” — Carol Davies of HandsOn Central California
The volunteerism left Poverello House’s CEO Cruz Avila searching for words.
“We are left speechless,” Avila told the group during a break in the action. “We can’t say thank you enough.”

A Tradition for Kaiser Permanente Employees

The day is part of Kaiser Permanente Fresno’s year-around volunteer efforts. Last year, their volunteers beautified Stone Soup Fresno by working on their grounds and refreshing their buildings. Stone Soup, which is near Fresno State, provides services to refugee families.
Carol Davies of HandsOn Central California helped organize Monday’s efforts.
“Fresno is great, but we still have problems: homeless, poverty, children not graduating. We want people to do good every day,” Davies said.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email