MLK Day of Service 2020

On January 20,2020, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Day of Service which honors the memory and legacy of the great Civil Right leader. On this annual federal holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January, we are called to honor Dr. King who worked tirelessly to bring the values of equality, peace, community and love to reality with acts of service in our communities.

How will you take part in MLK Day of Service in a meaningful way? We suggest you start with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s MLK Day of Service website at nationalservice.gov/mlkday. The website offers information and educational materials in addition to a link to a searchable database of volunteer opportunities.

If you are unable to join a volunteer project on the holiday, there are still many ways to get involved. Below are some creative ideas of how you can celebrate this day's message of civic duty and compassion.

1) Start at home. The kids are home from school. Take time to sit them down and talk about the history and legacy of Martin Luther King. His message rings as true today as it did then. Then plan a service activity. Some ideas include making homemade gifts for your local senior center, packing bags of snacks or toiletries for homeless shelters, or collecting outgrown or extra sports equipment from around the house to donate to a local kids’ charity. Show that volunteerism is important to your family and feels great too!

2) Raise food and supplies for charity. You can make a big difference in your community when you supply a local charity with items they need to support their clients. You don’t even need to set up collection bins anymore! YouGiveGoods is free and easy-to-use online giving event platform that enables you to raise food and supplies for the nonprofit of your choice. Invite your online community to take part in MLK Day by purchasing items for donation to your selected charity. All brand-new items ship directly to the charity at the end of the drive.

3) Spread the word. Social media has made it easy to use your voice to support a cause. Use hashtag #MLKDAY to share his inspiring ideals and famous words in honor of the holiday. Today it seems Americans are more divided and more cynical than ever. Dr. King’s words of unity, strength and perseverence are particularly relevant in today's world. Forward this page, talk about what you will do in honor of MLK Day, and encourage your circle of friends to take action to support the community.

4) Commit to service. What a better way to start a new year than with service to others. Take time from the hustle and bustle of your day to reflect on MLK’s words then determine the causes that move you and how you can get involved. Charities will welcome your support all year long. Contact them with own ideas or simply ask how they could best utilize your help.

Martin Luther King’s vision of a “Beloved Community” built on justice, equality and compassion is one we are still trying to realize today. This Martin Luther King Day take action to do your part to better your local community and move us toward this ideal.

In honor of MLK Day of Service raise food & supplies for your favorite nonprofit

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