Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Pushes Sandy Volunteers To Rebuild

Do-gooders dedicated Inauguration Day to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Instead of crowding together in Washington, D.C., volunteers opted to listen to President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address from a work truck stereo, as they instead took to Superstorm Sandy-affected communities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. during a nationwide Day of Service.

Nearly a million stood on the National Mall today to look on as President Barack Obama took his oath on his way to another four years in the White House. Kelly Clarkson sand “My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee” and Beyoncé belted out “The Star Spangled Banner”, but it was hammers breaking down molded wood and shoveling sand from inside homes that was music to needy homeowners’ ears today.

On the ground at the 2013 Inauguration!

It has been just a few months since Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October, devastating the Rockaways community among others, and organizers of recovery efforts like St. Bernard Project are crediting volunteers’ help for the progress they have been able to make. Today, volunteers completed projects in half a day that would have taken homeowners weeks, if not months, to complete.

“Today is a very fitting day to send a message of service across,” New York Cares team leader Christina Vuong told MTV Act. [Martin Luther King Jr.] said that the most pressing question you can ask yourself is, ‘What can you do for others?’” This morning, there was plenty of work to do.

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MTV News is on the ground in D.C. for Inauguration Weekend bringing you the latest from the presidential events, performances and parties right through the final ball tonight. And although the election’s over, you can still get involved by heading over to serve.mtv.com.