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9 Ways to Participate in the National Day of Service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr

January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but did you know that since 1994 it's also been a national day of service? MLK was a prominent civil rights leader who fought for equality for people of color. He has been an inspiration for countless movements following his assassination in 1968. If you'd like to learn more about him we recommend these books: For Children Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer Martin's Dream (Ana & Andrew) by Christine Platt For Teens & Adults Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Clayborne Carson I Have a Dream by James M. Washington Volunteer In Honor of MLK Whether it's volunteering to help make the world a cleaner place or helping those in need, today (and every day) should be focused on serving your community. It doesn't have to be hours of your time every day, every little bit is needed. Benefits of Volunteering Not only are you helping your community, other people, animals, and/or our environment, volunteering has benefits for you: 1. It helps counteract stress, anger, and anxiety 2. Combats depression

3. Makes you happy 4. Boosts self-confidence 5. Provides a sense of purpose 6. Helps you get to know others in your community

If you aren't sure where to start, we've compiled ideas and resources to help inspire your volunteer journey.

Volunteer Opportunities

1. Pick up litter to make the community a more beautiful place

2. Plant fruit trees (with the town's permission) in public areas to provide food for those in need

3. Make sandwiches and healthy meals for the homeless

4. Volunteer time at a local food bank or food distribution center

5. Spend time serving food at a soup kitchen

6. Help build with Habitat for Humanity

7. Volunteer your time serving at the Boys and Girls Club

8. Start a community compost that can be used for community gardens

9. Spend time helping at a pet shelter

Helpful Resources

Local religious establishments

Local Park District


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