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. This Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community service that helps solve problems. MLK Day programs meet tangible needs, such as revitalizing schools and feeding the homeless; but also build a sense of community and mutual responsibility by spurring conversation. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through volunteering and unite to strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers.
A volunteer, who participated in last year's MLK Day of Service activities said:
"If every person would strive to better Richmond by just volunteering one weekend a month to give back to the city...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."
FILM AND DISCUSSION: Sunday, January 20, 2013. 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. RSVP NOW
HandsOn and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities will be hosting a free film screening and discussion of Remember the Titans at the Science Museum of Virginia's Eureka Theater. This film is family-friendly and has a rating PG. Following the film we'll be engaging attendees in a brief discussion on themes presented in the movie and how participants can participate in meaningful service for MLK Day. Tell us you're coming--RSVP on Facebook.
HOST A SUNDAY SUPPER:
Unite over dialogue. Host your own Sunday Supper to discuss the film, ways you can give back, and how you can honor MLK's memory. DOWNLOAD A TOOLKIT on how to plan one.
Download Activity Booklets To Do With YOUR KIDS:
JOIN THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION:
Participants across the country will be connecting online via Twitter (use #MLKDay), Facebook and Points of Light’s online Livestream channel to share their experiences, perspectives and insights, generating a national dialog.
HandsOn invites Richmonders to take part in service projects taking place at nonprofit agencies and schools across the region that will focus on education, social issues, and strengthening the community. Registration for projects close 24 hours in advance.
A quick way to view the # of open slots in each project is by going to your desired date on our Opportunity Calendar and clicking "Day View."