Make a difference out of a Monday

MLKdayIs there a cause that you are passionate about? Do you often wish you could be more directly involved in making a difference in something? Are you unable to volunteer for things you care about because of work, school or other demands? On Monday, January 16, America will be observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day - national day of service. Consider getting into something extremely fulfilling and make the day productive and meaningful. It doesn’t matter if your passion is animals, children, homelessness, education, healthcare, technology or the environment. There is a need for you to share what you know toward a community cause. Plan to make a difference with this day off to get out and volunteer your time and talent helping individuals, families or organizations in your community. Here are a couple of reasons you should get out and serve:

  • We live in a country where many people are struggling and in need of support. Your volunteer efforts could help someone in need.
  • Many local non-profit organizations have seen their operating budgets slashed due to government funding cuts, fewer grant options and corporate belt tightening.
  • A number of organizations are doing work that is critically needed in support of children and families and are run entirely by volunteers given the inability to fund dedicated staff.
  • Organizations thrive when they have active and involved volunteers, and you can be of assistance to a great cause.
  • You can be the difference maker when it comes to making an event or initiative successful.

You can find opportunities to serve on almost any cause that means something to you. There is a national MLK Day of service database sponsored by the Corporation for National & CommunityService where you can enter your city and state and find a list of organization’s that are looking for volunteers to support their efforts.

In Washington DC and around the country, there is a need for more individuals to be involved in local community volunteerism. This holiday will also mark the first since Dr. King’s Memorial opened up to the public in Washington, DC. If you have not yet visited this historical site, there will be educational events and a wreath laying ceremony in DC on Monday.

Make the MLK holiday a day of service for you and your family, and then extend your volunteerism beyond this day. You will find out for yourself and for your family how rewarding volunteering can be, and find many more of your own days fulfilled as a result.

‘An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ’What are you doing for others?’
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 11, 1957

If you live in the Washington, DC area, a list of volunteer opportunities recently published in the Washington post. Click here for listing.

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