As I am sure you know, Monday is Martin Luther King Day. While we might not have school on this day, it is not solely a holiday. It is a national day of service to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy and all that he contributed to the recognition of civil rights in America. In support, Casady is providing an opportunity.
Casady YAC, our service learning club where students learn to be engaged in their community, has prepared an all day trip to the Food Bank. There we will be volunteering, some of us for the entire day! While there, we will pack, organize, and ready food for distribution to families in need.
With us will be several students from other schools, it is open to anyone who wants to come, and the Youth Lead OKC organization. This is a city-wide organization that encourages teenagers to connect with others across differences and act together to make positive social change.
We are very grateful to all of the people who signed up; Thank you for coming.
Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” Please consider these words, and we deeply encourage you to come next year for Casady’s MlK day service learning opportunity. I could go on for a while about the importance of volunteering, but I think this video sums it up better than I ever could.
Upper and Middle Division Video
Lower Division Video
MLK Day of Service Unites Americans in Volunteer Service
Hundreds of thousands join service projects in all 50 states
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, thousands of organizations across the country are preparing to lead Americans in the nation's largest day of civic engagement, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.
With an emphasis on creating opportunity for all, citizens in all 50 states will deliver meals, refurbish schools and community centers, and collect food and clothing. Volunteers will also recruit mentors, support job-seekers, build homes and provide other services for veterans and military families, and help citizens improve their financial literacy skills.
“The MLK Day of Service reflects a fundamental American truth: That people who love their country can change it,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “The commemoration of the MLK Day of Service is an opportunity to remember Dr. King’s legacy and re-commit ourselves as citizens by volunteering in service to one another.”
In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, and charged CNCS with leading this effort. Americans may visit MLKDay.gov to find a service project for MLK Day or a year-round volunteer opportunity in their own community.
CNCS provides grants to three national organizations that play a leadership role in the MLK Day of Service: HOPE worldwide, Points of Light, and Service for Peace. In addition to these grantees, more than 30 other organizations, including AARP, American Red Cross, America's Promise, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Habitat for Humanity and United Way of America, are strategic partners.
CNCS also joins with Meetup and other partners to encourage Americans to meetup in person to talk about the unique challenges and opportunities facing our nation.
Sample projects are highlighted below. More information, including details about local service opportunities, is available at mlkday.gov.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and champions community solutions through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.