National Days of Service
Two national days of service are coming up in January, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved. Learn more about the nationally recognized days, and consider signing up for a volunteer project during the long weekend of January 19-21st!
January 19: A National Day of Service
Days before moving into the White House, President Obama declared January 19th as a National Day of Service, in celebration of his inauguration into office (on January 21st, 2009). The Obama family has continued the tradition for four years now, encouraging Americans from across the country to come together, volunteer in their communities, and practice civic engagement. What a powerful way to celebrate our freedoms, rights, and shared values as Americans! Learn more about what's going on in Minnesota and how to get involved below.
January 21: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
In addition to being a federal holiday, January 21, 2013 will mark the 19th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Since 1994, Congress has charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with the task of recognizing the third Monday of each January as "a day on, not a day off" in honor of Rev. Dr. King's legacy. This tradition has been upheld by CNCS for nearly two decades because it "empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community."
Although AmeriCorps VISTA members are already dedicating an entire year to service, this day is still meaningful; it reminds us why our service is important, allows us to connect and collaborate with other service members, calls attention to volunteer needs in our communities, and offers new opportunities for leadership.
How to Get Involved
The InterCorps Council of Minnesota has put together a whole variety of service opportunities--from building houses and stocking foodshelves to serving meals and making quilts--during the weekend of January 19-21st, in locations all over the state. National service members are encouraged to participate in some way, and you are welcome to invite your family and friends as well!
If you sign up for a project, feel free to let others know where you will be serving by using the Google Group!