Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2013
Every January, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service takes place to set the tone for a year-round commitment to volunteerism. Across the country, millions of Americans contributed time and resources to improve their communities, one of Dr. King’s fundamental goals.
In 2013, Points of Light and Target partnered to host the nation’s largest, single-site service event at the D.C. Armory and a kick-off Sunday Supper at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The volunteers came together to pack more than 100,000 care kits for deployed U.S military personnel.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, attended, along with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
America’s Sunday Supper was also launched in D.C. to stress the importance of community dialogue over a shared meal. Across the nation, more than 40,000 people hosted Sunday Suppers in homes, churches and restaurants.
To help launch America’s Sunday Suppers, hosted by Points of Light, Gen. Colin Powell discussed the role of education in the fight for civil rights. The nation united around the many volunteer events, keeping alive the vision Dr. King. (Read more about the 2013 Day of Service here.)
- NPR, "Turning the ‘Day of Service’ Into A Longer Commitment"
- CBS News, "Inauguration Weekend Kicks Off With Obama Taking Part in Service Events"
- CNN, "Obamas, Bidens Participate in Day of Service"