Building a “Beloved Community”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. raised the conscience of an entire nation; encouraging people to embrace the differences of others, to live in peace, to serve each other and create a “Beloved Community”. His message resonates as strongly today as it did during his lifetime. In honor of his legacy, we celebrate Martin Luther Kind Day as not only a federal holiday but as a National Day of Service.

The federal holiday in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was legally established in 1983. In 1994, Congress further honored Dr. King by naming the King holiday as the first ever annual national Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service calls upon all Americans on this day to volunteer, to do work to give back to their communities and to band together in acts of service.

The Martin Luther King Day of Service has grown steadily since 1994. The nationwide acts of service on this day not only make a significant impact on needy communities but create solidarity in a movement of volunteerism across America.

The figures of the day are inspiring. The Corporation for National and Community Service quoted the following statistics as early results of the 2014 Day of Service:

• 15,000+ economically disadvantaged people received job placement, financial literacy, and job skill development training

• 38,000+ veterans, military families and active duty military service members received assistance

• 58,000+ children and teens tutored, mentored or otherwise educated

• 100,000+ people received training in disaster preparedness, response and recovery

• 360,000+ received emergency food

YouGiveGoods celebrates the efforts of all those who will take part in the 2015 Day of Service. We're excited and looking forward to all the good deeds, to be embarked on in the name of the great man we honor on January 19.

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