Monday, January 9, 2017

Martin Luther King DAY volunteer

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Monday, January 16, 2017. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a "day on, not a day off" - and is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to work together to help solve our most pressing problems. You can learn about the day, get planning tools & resources, register your event, and more at
MLK Day is the recommended kick-off event for a Semester of Service that continues through Global Youth Service Day in April. Semester of Service is one of YSA's programs for schools to authentically and meaningfully engage students and help them learn, lead, and achieve through service. Learn more and get your free resources - including the Semester of Service Teacher Toolkit - at

  1. Sign up to receive daily challenges to strengthen your community during's National Week of Action January 16-21.
  2. Use the day to celebrate National Mentoring Month. Honor mentors in your community, recruit new mentors, provide training to mentoring programs or encourage mentor pairs to serve together.
  3. Host a Sunday Supper to encourage people to share a meal and discuss issues that affect their communities, to increase racial and cultural understanding, and to promote unity.
  4. Help your students understand Dr. King's vision with free, easy-to-use resources created by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Scholastic.
  5. Find a volunteer opportunity in your community to join.
  6. Reuse your boxes from all your online shopping for the holidays, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items. Visit to generate and print a label to mail your donations to Goodwill for free.
  7. Disney, ABC and First Book invite you to join the fourth annual "Magic of Storytelling" campaign between now and March 31 to share the magic of books with kids in your community.

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