How Did You Serve on MLK Day?

Posted 01/19/2016 | By HealthCorps

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day, a holiday not only close to our hearts here at HealthCorps but to our humanitarian mission. Martin Luther King day is not simply a “day off” work but should be viewed as an opportunity to honor Dr. King through volunteer work and service to your community.

“If you want to be important-wonderful. If you want to be recognized-wonderful. If you want to be great-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.” – The Drum Major Instinct, February 4, 1968 Atlanta Georgia, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

History Behind the Day of Service

In 1994, Congress marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the first and only national day of service. Heading the charge is the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency dedicated to improving Americans lives through community service and humanitarian efforts. From education to the environment, the MLK Day of Service encompasses all kinds of service. Whether it be volunteering in disaster related relief or participating in health and wellness awareness, we can all make a different this week.

HealthCorps and the Day of Service

Improving public health no doubt goes hand in hand with Dr. King’s mission of improving the quality of life of all people across this country, regardless of race, ethnic background or socio-economic status. Dr. Martin Luther King would have wanted everyone to have an equal opportunity to be as healthy as they could be. The HealthCorps curriculum provides teens with the resources and guidance they need to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.

Opportunities to Serve in Your Community

Volunteer at your local food bank
Recycle (It’s good for the environment and your community)
Volunteer to clean up your local public park
Visit senior centers

Find a cause close to your heart and make the pledge to serve on our Facebook page:

“I pledge to serve my community one day this week – Jan 18, MLK Day of Service

Sources:
Corporation for National and Community Service
Longwood University

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