Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service
The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is a National Day of Service, and a time to re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities. On MLK Day, Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities.
Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for all. He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play. Four decades later, we still have work to do to realize Dr. King's dream. The needs are great, many Americans are hurting, and government can't do it alone. We need citizens to help renew our nation and expand equality and opportunity for all.
MLK Day 2012 Event Statistics
867 Volunteer Hours
14 Agencies Served
$18,520 Value of Volunteer Impact
Here is what our volunteers had to say:
“One thing I learned today is a small group of people working together can achieve a lot. We can change a community one small group at a time.”
“ ‘Be the change you want to see.’ If every person would strive to better Richmond by just volunteering one weekend a month to give back to the city, as a result, Richmond would improve and we could grow as individuals and as a community. Giving back should become more than a concept or ideal, but a way of life.”
HandsOn invites Richmonders to take part in service projects being held on Saturday, January 14th, and Monday, January 16th. Projects are taking place at nonprofit agencies such as CARITAS Furniture Bank, FeedMore, Homeward, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and more! REGISTRATION FOR SERVICE PROJECTS IS NOW CLOSED.
Join the discussion, be a part of the solution. HandsOn Greater Richmond, Connect VA and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities will be hosting a free discussion program and film screening of The Great Debaters on Monday, January 16, 2012, at 6:30pm at the Byrd Theater. No advance tickets required. This film is family-friendly and has a rating of PG-13.
JOIN THE LOCAL CONVERSATION
Following the film, an online forum will be available to participate in meaningful discussion around the sensitive issues that are addressed in the film. Visit ConnectRichmond to participate in this discussion and to gather additional information on how you can be a part of the solution.
Want to host your own discussion? Join America’s Sunday Supper! Click here for information on how you can join host your own Sunday Supper or group discussion.
JOIN THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION
In addition to the live, local conversations, participants across the country will be connecting online via Twitter (#MLKDay), Facebook and Points of Light’s online Livestream channel to share their experiences, perspectives and insights, generating a national dialogue.
The web-enabled conversations will continue throughout MLK Day and beyond. Connect with other Americans participating in Sunday Suppers locally and nationally and share your experiences.