“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since the late 1980s when it was first observed, many people and businesses have now chosen to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service in honor of Dr. King.
Keep reading for ways to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s teachings into community action. Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as we celebrate one man’s dream to make the world a better place. In addition, this is a great time to engage in service projects that bring awareness to important issues affecting our communities around the world.
What is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
On the third Monday in January each year, we honor the legacy of Dr. King, a heroic civil rights leader. MLK Day is recognized as a day of service nationwide. As a result, we should embrace the MLK Day of Service as an opportunity to volunteer and serve our communities. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Because MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities, we should take advantage of this opportunity.
The MLK Day of service is a great opportunity to place core principles of citizenship and service into action. Volunteerism is a powerful tool that unites us around a common purpose and aids in building a stronger community. And this is a wonderful opportunity for families, businesses, youth groups, churches and other organizations to get involved in the community.
Find Volunteer Opportunities
If you do not currently have an organization that you volunteer with or are looking for new service opportunities, use the following search tool to find a volunteer opportunity near you. The Corporation for National and Community Service allows you to search its database for local and national MLK Day volunteer opportunities. Furthermore, consider “virtual volunteering” if you have mobility concerns or time constraints.
Our team at Forage Foods supports giving back to the community and think that MLK Day is a great way to start volunteering and becoming involved in the community.