Millions of Americans will come together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 20, 2014, to honor the civil rights leader through volunteer service.
Dr. King had a dream that one day all people would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He called for social justice and opportunity. He asked that we bridge differences and join together.
We have a unique opportunity to unite Americans in volunteer service and to issue a call to action to do what we, as Americans, do best – lend a hand, help our neighbors and build better communities.
Tremendous social progress has been made since Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago. But much remains unfinished. With the economic crisis lingering, more Americans believe people have the power to make positive change, in cities struggling with poverty and high unemployment rates, in families where people are going hungry, and in school districts where more than half of our children aren’t graduating from high school.
With many communities struggling, volunteer service can be a powerful force. Neighbors helping neighbors, young helping old, employees offering skills and companies investing in communities where they do business. We dream of the day when everyone is actively involved in making a better America.
We invite you check this page often as more resources and tools will be added.
How you can get involved:
- Volunteer at service projects organized by our HandsOn Network affiliates and partners.
- Join the movement and commit to host a Sunday Supper. (Sign up by clicking the link below.) Inspired by Dr. King’s vision of people of diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels, America’s Sunday Supper encourages people to share a meal and discuss issues that affect their communities, to increase racial and cultural understanding. Points of Light provides toolkits, films, conversation starters and incentives to help individuals and groups organize Sunday Suppers and service projects.
- Host a free film screening of "The Graduates/Los Graduados." The PBS documentary series by Bernardo Ruiz explores pressing issues in education through the eyes of Latino high school students. (Watch a preview here.) Order the free DVD toolkit here before Jan. 3, 2014, and ITVS will send you bilingual resources, including two hourlong programs, a series of 15-minute shorts, and discussion and action guides in Spanish and English.
- Donate to support MLK Day service across the country.
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