Since 1986, the third Monday of January has honored the life and legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. with an official holiday. For years, vacations were celebrated as a day off, a long weekend or maybe even a beach vacation.
Because of his legacy as a civil rights leader, members of Congress agreed that the holiday should be more than just a day off. King once said: "Everyone can be great, because anyone can serve." So 25 years ago, Congress made it an official day of service. The National and Community Service Corporation (CNCS) began promoting Martin Luther King Jr. Day as "a day, not a day off."
CNCS has worked with organizations across the country to organize service events. Throughout the history of MLK Service Day, projects have become bigger and better, according to CNCS spokeswoman Samantha Jo Warfield.
"I think the biggest difference (from the beginning) is that it has really come to life," Warfield said.
But Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not about a single day of service.
“King day. . . It's a day, but it can be a life of service, "he said.
Warfield also wants to encourage families to think beyond planned service events.
"If there is no organized project in which you are, you can make a project yourself," he said. "The cleaning of a neighborhood or the cleaning of the stream are great opportunities that you can do everywhere."
Service opportunities for MLK Day and beyond can be found in the CNCS website. Listed below are some opportunities for families in the Washington area. (Ask a parent for help to register.)
MLK Feed the Hood Action Day: Help make 1,000 care packages for those fighting homelessness in the area. Volunteers are encouraged to bring $ 10 to help with the preparation of the care package. Children are encouraged to join.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, 3200 Sixth Street in southeastern Washington.
When: Saturday, noon at 3 p.m.
Who: Children of all ages with adult supervision.
More information: Visit serve.dc.gov/service/martin-luther-king-jr-day-ser
Vice or Facebook page "MLK Feed the Hood Day of Action".
MLK Day Weekend – Valentines Challenge: Volunteers will make thousands of Valentine's cards and care packages for various foster care programs, such as Foster Care to Success.
Where: City of Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax.
When: Saturday, from 9 a.m. at noon, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Who: No minimum age
More information: Visit fairfax.org/events/valentines-challenge volunteer.
MLK 2020 day at the Marriott Conference Center: Build "snow day" boxes for the homeless, including wool blankets, decorated cards and packaged food. The event will be at the Marriott Conference Center and other sites in Montgomery County.
Where: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda.
When: Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Who: Volunteers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
More information: Montgomery countymd.gov/volunteercenter/volun
teers / MLK.html.
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