January 19, 2009: A Call to Serve!

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. Visit MLKDay.gov.

“What are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King asked this of us many year ago.  What is your answer?

This Monday,  January 19, 2009 is more than just a holiday to honor Martin Luther King’s birthday.  It is a chance to join people from around the country  in our National Day of Service.  Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service builds on his legacy by transforming the Federal holiday honoring his birthday to a national day of community service.

President-Elect Barack Obama has issued his own call to serve and asks everyone to join him by volunteering on Monday as he too will be serving the community on this special holiday just one day before his inauguration.

Imagine if every person in the US spent an hour doing something selfless and useful.  From helping in a soup kitchen to joining in a “Foreclosure Canvass” when you canvas a neighborhood hardest hit by Foreclosures…the options are as endless as your imagination.

What are your talents?  If you want to teach children about the environment, read a copy of Dr. Seuss’s Lorax.  Are you tech savvy….how about creating a blog and profile one worthy non-profit every single day or help a non-profit set up their own blog.  Handy with tools?  Offer to repair a non-profit facility, paint a group home, build a ramp for a disabled veteran.

On the official Martin Luther King Day website you can learn more about this celebration including tools and tips for MLK Day Mobilization and, most importantly, Find a Volunteer Opportunity close to YOU.  The Corporation for National and Community Service is collaborating with the Presidential Inaugural Committee and created a national registry of projects at USAService.org.

I entered my location on their site and it came up with 54 volunteer opportunities within 30 miles of my home!

Thank you to all of you!


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3 Responses to “January 19, 2009: A Call to Serve!”

  1. Steve January 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Underware for Africa…….you have got to be kidding. Is this some sort of joke? Really, don’t you think food might be a bit more important? You must be a Republican, religious or god forbid a right-wing wack job.

  2. Jeff Turner January 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    Steve, none of your descriptions fit. You clearly have never been to Africa. There are many needs. MFFO is attempting to meet several, including food. In fact, the founder of MFFO is in Africa as I write this. She is buying food, clothing and paying for education. Hopefully that meets with your approval.

  3. Diane Aurit January 23, 2009 at 6:33 am #

    Steve, Sometimes it is important to learn more about a subject before judging it. If you could see the joy on the children’s faces when given, yes, underwear, and understood the depth of their poverty you might appreciate all of the efforts made by our founder. I encourage you to learn more about Africa and help in whatever what you can.

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