This weekend and on Monday, January 21, communities all across the country will come together to respond to this simple, yet complex question, “What are you doing for others?” This question, posed by Dr. Martin Luther King as one of life’s key and most pertinent questions, has turned into a day of action to honor his life and provide opportunities for volunteering.
Some members of the Volunteer Maryland Support Team will join The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County by helping with a canned food drive, donating blood, and creating cards for service members. Others will join volunteers in Anne Arundel County to help clean the grounds of Historic Londontown. Kelly MacBride-Gill, one of Volunteer Maryland’s Peer Leaders will join hundreds of volunteers gathered in Washington, DC on January 19, 2013 to pack 100,000 care kits filled with necessities for U.S. Service Members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. Project organizer, Points of Light, hopes to link the vision of Dr. King with inauguration events and engage political leaders, celebrities and the community in service and dialogue.
It is not too late to join this national day/weekend of service! To get started, go to mlkday.gov for a searchable database of opportunities to serve right in your own community. Join hundreds of thousands of folks just like you doing service. And maybe this one day of service will turn into many. See you out there.