Thursday, January 12, 2012

MLK Day To Be Marked As A National Day Of Service

Momentum is building for the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, as thousands of organizations across the country put the finishing touches on volunteer projects to bring Americans together to serve their neighbors and advance Dr. King’s dream of social justice and economic opportunity for all. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is urging Americans to visit to find volunteer opportunities in their communities and make MLK Day a “day on, not a day off.” Projects will take place in all 50 states, including weatherizing homes, beautifying schools, serving meals, and supporting veterans and military families. Many organizations use the day as a springboard for year-round service, such as signing up mentors and tutors for at-risk youth. A special focus of the 2012 MLK Day of Service is advancing Dr. King’s dream of economic opportunity, including job fairs and help with résumé writing, and interview preparation. Members of AmeriCorps VISTA will fan out nationwide to raise awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit and offer free tax preparation services.