“What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King asked this of us many year ago.Â What is your answer?
This Monday,Â January 19, 2009 is more than just a holiday to honor Martin Luther King’s birthday.Â It is a chance to join people from around the countryÂ inÂ our National Day of Service.Â 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.Â 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?Â If you want to teach children about the environment, read a copy of Dr. Seuss’s Lorax.Â 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.Â Handy with tools?Â 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 websiteÂ 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.Â The CorporationÂ 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!