Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Today Through Service and Answer His Timeless Question: ‘What Are You Doing for Others?’


The following is a press release issued by AmeriCorps:

Martin Luther King, Jr. at a Civil Rights March in Washington D.C. [Photograph from the  National Archives and Records Administration]

Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, will mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the only federally holiday recognized as a National Day of Service. MLK Day encourages all Americans to honor Dr. King through service one another and their communities. Those who wish to serve will join thousands of others nationwide in answering what Dr. King called, “life’s most persistent and urgent question…What are you doing for others?”  

AmeriCorps, the federal agency which leads the MLK Day of Service and the nation’s volunteer efforts, is providing tools and resources for volunteers to find service projects, service organizations to recruit members, and for the media to connect the public to volunteer opportunities in their area.  

The MLK Day of Service follows the confirmation of AmeriCorps  CEO Michael D. Smith  who will help lead the annual day of service. In his first days as CEO, Smith joined  The King Center  to announce a slate of commemoration events for the Martin Luther King holiday.   

Individuals can go to  AmeriCorps.gov/mlkday  to get involved: 

  • Volunteer in person or virtually at an MLK Day service project  
  • Organize a service event using the  resources  on AmeriCorps.gov 
  • Pledge to serve with a nonprofit or organization throughout the year 

Local service events can be found by visiting  AmeriCorps.gov and entering a preferred zip code. Organizations can promote their volunteer opportunities by following instructions found on AmeriCorps.gov. 

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News outlets interested in covering the MLK Day of Service can:  

  • Air the new MLK Day of Service PSA from AmeriCorps 
  • Encourage audiences to volunteer on MLK Day by sharing service ideas from AmeriCorps.gov 
  • Search our database of volunteer opportunities, reach out to a local nonprofit, or contact AmeriCorps for assistance in finding a local project  
  • Download  logos, graphics, images, and PSAs.  

Americans in all 50 states will participate in projects that include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, and building homes. Volunteers also will recruit mentors, provide services for veterans and military families, help citizens improve their financial literacy skills, and more. 

In recognition of Dr. King’s legacy of service and leadership to gain equality for all Americans, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday as a national day of service in 1994 and charged AmeriCorps, then known as the Corporation for National and Community Service, with leading this effort.    

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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