In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.
Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King’s life and teachings. Many of the projects started on King Day continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the community year-round.
So make tomorrow a day of service. Here are some examples of what you can do in our neighborhood of Alexandria, VA:
- Dyke Marsh Cleanup – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program invites volunteers of all ages to come help with our Martin Luther King annual environmental clean up on January 19th, 2009, 9am-12pm, at George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria (Fx. County–one mile south of the City of Alexandria).
- Adult ESOL Classroom Aide – Alexandria (Lincolnia) – The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia”s ESOL Learning Centers Program provides instruction to adult students. The course content focuses on helping students improve their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Our curriculum is theme-based and provides English instruction within the context of teaching students about life skills and American culture.
- CASH Campaign (Greeter) – It”s simple – help those in need of CASH get it! Volunteers are needed in the Northern Virginia region to help make the CASH (Creating Assets Savings and Hope) Campaign a success. The campaign provides FREE tax preparation for low-income people to help them receive refunds and credits they may be due. Volunteers serve at sites throughout the region.Volunteers are needed from late January 2009 through April 2009.
Find you opportunity to serve by visiting mlkday.gov.