On Monday, January 15, hundreds of organizations across Virginia, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs, will participate in the nation's largest day of civic engagement, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. With an emphasis on creating opportunity for all, Americans of all ages and backgrounds in all 50 states will re-commit themselves as citizens by volunteering in service to one another. Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, and building homes. Volunteers will also recruit mentors, provide services for veterans and military families, and help citizens improve their financial literacy skills.
In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. To find out how you can serve or plan a project, visit MLKDay.gov.
Visit the MLKDay.gov to also find lesson plans, download MLK Day promotional materials and learn more about MLK Day. The Virginia Service Commission also has some awesome resources to help planning your event at http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/americorps-national-service/americorps-program-resources/marketing-social-media-tools/mlk-day-toolkit/.
To search for volunteer opportunities, visit http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/volunteering/.