Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) hosts the MLK Day of Service. This event brings together hundreds of thousands of volunteers spend their entire day at parks, homeless shelters, food pantries, hospitals, community gardens and other places serving their communities. Dr. King was so much about giving back to the community, serving, and bringing individuals together from all walks of life. So, what better way to honor his legacy by remembering those in need.
How to Volunteer on MLK Day of Service 2015
This year, the MLK Day of Service will take place on January 19, 2015. To participate, you can locate a volunteer opportunity in your community or plan your project using CNCS toolkits. To find opportunities in your local community, students can visit the All For Good Website.
If you are a student feeling inspired to volunteer your time and talents for a group project, here are five ideas from the CNCS toolkits to collaborate on for the MLK Day of Service 2015.
Organize a Book and School Supply Drive
Literacy is one of the essential skills needed by individuals to succeed in both their career aspirations and their quality of life. However, there are many underserved children for whom access to books or education materials is a challenge. Providing access to these supplies will help to reduce a significant barrier to learning.
Plant Trees in Your Neighborhood
Simple as it may sound, planting trees can help to clean up the air we breathe and guard against flooding. Sometimes, little changes to our environment can be just the thing we need to help our community live healthier and longer. So this MLK Day of Service make your street a nicer place to live by planting trees in your neighborhood.
Organize a Fitness Event
Fitness should be the way of life. It can go a long way towards reducing various health issues including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, obesity, and more. One great way to motivate yourself, and people around you is by organizing a community-wide day of fitness.
Create or Expand a Community Garden
Does your neighborhood lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables? If yes, why not build or cultivate a community garden and help break down the barriers to access.
National Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness
At present, how many people are homeless in the United Stated? How many of them are youth, veterans, or families? Point-in-time counts answers these questions. It is a tally on a single day of community’s homeless population. It is a significant effort as it ensures that the voices of the people who are experiencing homelessness in your community are being heard, and efficient plans and measures can be taken.