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 Monday a day of service. Here are some examples of what you can do in our neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia:
- Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Open House
- Alexandria Seaport Foundation seeks Mentors
- GED Tutor at ALIVE! House
- ALIVE! House English Tutor
- Alexandria’s Domestic Violence Program needs a Children’s Program Volunteer