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Posted at 2:08 PM ET, 07/30/2010

Volunteers help spruce up D.C.

By Washington Post editors

More than 100 business leaders in town for the National Urban League's annual conference took to the playground of Plummer Elementary on Friday with paint brushes in hand as part an effort to get groups visiting the District to help spruce it up.

League president Marc Morial swapped his business suit for a white T-shirt as he got to work on a drawing of the United States.

“We are empowered to serve,” Morial said of the League and its partners. "We want to do something for this playground, give it some love, and some maps so they can learn world geography.”

Other volunteers visited with residents of The Washington Home in Northwest, which provides health care for the aging. Some made care packages for service men and women. In total, about 1,300 of those attending the League convention participated in service events throughout D.C., officials said.

Greater DC Cares president Madye Henson said Friday's event today is part of a larger effort to connect groups visiting Washington with local residents and some of the real issues they are dealing with.

Mark Johnson, vice-president of community funding for the United Way of South Hampton Roads, said he was glad to take a break from the convention take part in the service project.

“You can really see the passion of a diverse group of individuals who came out to improve the conditions at this school, and people will be better for it,” Johnson said.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
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