first_imgGordon Hewitt bustled around the School of Piano Technology for the Blind on Monday, directing a team of volunteers busy cleaning, painting, repairing drywall and rewiring electric circuits.This is the fifth year a crew from Kaiser Permanente has volunteered at the Vancouver school, commonly called the Piano Hospital, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” King famously said, prompting the federal government to officially recognize the day as a day of service since President Bill Clinton signed the King Holiday and Service Act into law in 1994. Schools and businesses across the county facilitate service projects in recognition of the holiday.Hewitt, who works in Kaiser Permanente’s facilities and maintenance department, has been leading volunteers for two years.“It’s significant for us to give ourselves and volunteer for those people who need help,” Hewitt said in between giving instruction to one of the 12 volunteers working Monday. “We do what we can to help people.”Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with pizza and coffee provided by nearby Blind Onion and Paper Tiger to fuel their efforts.last_img read more