January 10, 2014
RE: MLK Day of Service Resources Available
The Corporation for National and Community Service, again, invites one and all to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, on Monday, January 20, 2014. You can learn more about this opportunity at http://mlkday.gov/
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
On the MLK Day website, citizens drawn to volunteering will be able to locate local projects of interest. Also, project planners will be able to register on the site, which will enable them to attract more volunteers. Citizens can also sign up for service projects at the Jersey Cares website at http://www.jerseycares.org/HOC__Affiliate_Home_Page
We hope that your municipality will be able to honor the memory of Dr. King by registering projects and recruiting volunteers to meet local needs and to serve local residents. Please let us know about your municipality’s participation in the MLK Day of Service. We would like to share your experiences with local officials all around our Garden State.
Also, on Sunday, January 19 in Trenton, the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission has scheduled a special event. You can access information on that at http://nj.gov/state/programs/dos_program_mlk.html
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.