This is a repost and edit from our January, 2011 Blog about Martin Luther King’s Day of Service. All of the links can be used to find volunteer opportunities for January 20, 2014.
When I recently asked my 10-year old to name a famous deceased person she would like to meet, she emphatically replied “Martin Luther King!”
Every year, around the time of his birthday, school teachers review equal rights, discrimination, treating others with respect and, of course, MLK’s profound impact on civil rights in the United States.
The MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, the President’s national call-to-service initiative. As a response to King’s question ‘What are you doing for others?'”, The Mitzvah Bowl has outlined several websites to refer to when searching for a MLK Day Service Project:
https://mlkday.gov/serve/index.php (search by zip code for a project near you)
https://www.pointsoflight.org/volunteer/opportunities/mlk (search by zip code)
https://www.volunteermatch.org/ (you may search by zip code or for virtual opportunities)
https://www.mlkdayofservice.org/ (Philadelphia area based site)
https://serve.dc.gov/service/martin-luther-king-jr-day-service (DC area based opportunities)
https://www.nycservice.org/#s (NYC based)
https://jewishmiami.org/news/federation/JVC_MLK_Day_of_Service_2014/ (S. Florida area)
As a proud mom of the said 10-year old, I’ve realized we can all learn a lesson about MLK day: Why do for others only one day per year? Let’s make MLK day volunteering a habit in all of our lives throughout the entire year!