A Day On, Not a Day Off

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a dynamic leader of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s and a respected voice in the nonviolent movement to create a “beloved community” of justice, peace, and harmony. He encouraged everyone to rise up and speak against injustices and commit to serve their fellow man as they were able. Nearly 90 years after his birth, we celebrate the life, accomplishments, and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on a federally-recognized anniversary of his birthday starting in 1983. MLK Day has also been designated as a National Day of Service since 1994, and encourages every American to make it “A Day ON, Not a Day OFF.”

In the spirit of the day and of the man, you can start your year off in the spirit of service and harmony. Local Habitat affiliates are always in need of volunteers to assist with building projects, office tasks, and other areas of the affiliate’s operations. You can also visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday to find about more about MLK Day of Service and finding other opportunities in your local area through United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.

Bridget Ferrigan

AmeriCorps Program Manager