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MLK Day of Service : REMINDER


We Celebrate the life and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Transforming his teachings into community service with social purpose is a great way to honor this day.

Today we share some project ideas from Make room for your own ideas ...connect with your social purpose for MLK Day of Service.

Recruit and Train Volunteers to Be:

  • Mentors

  • Tutors

  • Tax preparation assistants

Host discussions about

  • Dr. King's life and teachings

  • Dr. King’s principles of non-violence

  • Community challenges and ways to address them

Provide Job Readiness Training in:

  • Resume writing

  • Interview skills

  • Dressing for success

Provide Food Assistance:

  • Serve meals at a homeless shelter

  • Bring meals to homebound neighbors

  • Organize a food donation driveTeach healthy eating on a budget

Improve Children’s Quality of Life:

  • Build a playground

  • Run a day camp for children with working parents

  • Devise craft projects for children in hospitals

Provide Assistance to Families and Neighbors:

  • Help low-income families find free tax preparation services and take advantage of the earned income tax credit

  • Shovel elderly neighbors' walkways, clear leaves or help with other yard maintenance

  • Participate in or create a neighborhood watch program

Improve Health Outcomes:

  • Arrange a health fair

  • Organize a blood donor drive

  • Register bone marrow and organ donors

Beautify the Community:

  • Remove graffiti from a building and paint a mural

  • Create community green spaces by planting trees, grass, and flowers

  • Reclaim a park or abandoned space for community use

Prepare the Community for Emergency and Crisis Situations:

  • Distribute fire safety information and check for working smoke detectors

  • Make and distribute disaster preparedness kits

  • Host workshops on how to prevent foreclosure in communities disproportionately affected

Keep the Community Connected:

  • Create on-line and off-line community discussion forums. Get residents signed up for the on-line discussion and informed about the time and location of the off-line version.

  • Teach neighbors how to surf the Internet and use emailMake a public space accessible for the disabled neighbors

  • Develop your own ideas by considering your community’s particular needs

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