MLK Day of Service

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

 

On Monday, January 21, 2013, the nation honored the legacy of Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During his lifetime, Dr. King encouraged people to work together in addressing community issues. The King Day of Service was initiated by Congress in 1994 as a nationwide effort to turn the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a day of community service that helps solve social problems. Every year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) challenges Clubs to pay tribute to Dr. King by supporting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.

Why: Across the nation, Boys & Girls Clubs are recognized not only for impacting the lives of the youth they serve, but also for instilling in those youth a sense of civic responsibility. Young people who are active participants in their local and global community are on the way to becoming responsible, caring citizens. Studies show that youth who volunteer do well in school, graduate from high school, vote, and continue volunteering as adults.

Who: The King Day of Service is a great opportunity for Club Members of all ages and backgrounds to become involved in serving their local communities.

What: Here are some of the service projects our Clubs participated in this year:

  • Mount Vernon – Members of Torch Club and Keystone Club put together bags to hand out to households for our 2nd Annual Food Drive. Members discussed why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, what discrimination means, and how we can help stop discrimination in our community. Members also signed a pledge stating that they promise to not only treat others fairly regardless of their differences, but also to take steps to stop discrimination wherever they see it.
  • Sedro-Woolley – Members spent their time at the Club creating decorations for the Library that exhibit diversity and togetherness in our community.
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