"Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for all, and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be," said Robert Velasco II, acting CEO of CNCS [Corporation for National and Community Service]. "Now more than ever, we need to take heed of Dr. King's teachings and work together to achieve his dream. Volunteer service is a powerful way to strengthen economic opportunity. And when better to start than on the day we honor Dr. King?"
Press release from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
On Monday, January 16, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And unlike any other federal holiday,this one is observed as a national day for service. There are projects taking place across the city that commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service; they address the harsh challenges facing many families, from hunger and homelessness to poverty and education inequality.
Use the widget below (don't see it? look for a project here) or the many dedicated web tools that match people with volunteer positions to find meaningful service opportunities. What better way is there to start the new year than by serving your community and city.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Obama's service initiative that asks Americans to work together to provide solutions to the country's most pressing problems.