Have a “Day On”, not a “Day Off” on January 18th

On January 18th, 2010 the AUM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is hosting the Inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Reflections Breakfast and Service Day. The breakfast begins at 8am in room 230 of the Taylor Center, the speaker will be Father Manuel Williams of Resurrection Parish. There will also be an opportunity to partcipate in various community service activities beginning at 10:30am. To attend the breakfast or volunteer contact the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at 244-3904 or diversity@aum.edu
The 2010 King Day of Service will Bring Americans Together to Serve their Communities at a Time of Growing Social Need.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” On January 18, Americans will answer that question by joining with their neighbors to serve their communities on the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
As part of the United We Serve initiative, we are calling on Americans to make the King Holiday ‘a day on, not a day off,’ and to make an ongoing commitment to serve throughout the year.
Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the King Center, the King Day of Service will include thousands of projects spread across all 50 states.
Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence, and more, with many projects starting on King Day and lasting throughout the year.
America faces tough challenges, many made worse by the economic downturn. The needs are great, millions of Americans are hurting, and government can’t do it alone.
Volunteer service – starting on the King Holiday and continuing throughout the year – is a powerful way to tackle tough problems and advance social justice.
What Is the King Day of Service?
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 King Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The King Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Source: http://www.mlkday.gov/about/overview/index.asp