In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday as a national day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King challenged individuals to take action and lift up their neighbors and communities through service. In commemoration of Martin Luther King, 2013, we challenge you to strengthen your community by sharing your time and talents. Think About You – what you care about, what you can and like to do, what time you have available.
On behalf of The Volunteer Center of United Way of
In doing so:
· Communities are strengthened
· Common goals are achieved
· Bridges are built between people—and we learn that in the end, we are more alike than we are different.
It takes place on the third Monday in January each year. Therefore, across our nation today, people of all backgrounds and abilities are serving and being encouraged to make this day the beginning of an on-going commitment to a cause that is meaningful to them and serves a need in their community.
Service can be seen in a very broad context that expands into the framework of civic engagement. These can take form as random acts of kindness offered from one individual to another, formal volunteering for a nonprofit organization; from organizing citizens to do something about a shared concern, to voting, to advocating for a cause. These and many others, are the actions that engage you in making a difference in people’s lives and in your community.
Dr. King challenged individuals, through his words and example to take action and lift up their neighbors and communities through service. Where and how you serve is up to you—the important thing is to be involved. It is that involvement that helps to fulfill the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.---the man whose life and lessons we remember today.