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If you’ve walked through the front doors of a hospital lately, you might remember the friendly volunteer who greeted you, or gave you directions. Volunteers have been a mainstay in health care settings for years. But they’ve become an increasingly critical resource as health care dollars are spread thin.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day may mean a day off for some, but scores of volunteers spent the day in Pawtucket hard at work.

Volunteers busily taped windows, primed, and painted walls at Goff Junior High School as part of a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

They were working as a part of a national program that organizes service projects across the country; encouraging people to volunteer on their day off.  Volunteer Megan Kelly, took a break from painting a beige hallway bright yellow.