Thursday, January 13, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service -- a Call to Action

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:
What are you doing for others?”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. In celebration of this day, January 17, 2011, Americans across the country are encouraged to honor Dr. King by making it a "day on, not a day off" and spend the day giving back to their neighborhoods.

In Arlington and nearby communities, there are a lot of great opportunities to help commemorate this event. All types of service are encouraged, especially projects that connect volunteers to ongoing service throughout the year, have a lasting impact, and are helping to bring about community solutions. To find more opportunities near you, visit the MLK Day of Service website or Volunteer Arlington.

If you do not get the day off from work, there are still a number of ways to give back. For example, you can donate clothes to a shelter or give books to a children's center. You can also encourage your office to allow everyone to wear jeans in exchange for a $5 donation and give the money raised to a local non-profit.

No matter what you do, I encourage you to embrace the spirit of the MLK Day of Service and get involved. Then, share your experiences with us below. We'd love to hear how CVNers are taking on the challenge!

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