MLK Day is an opportunity to serve others

January 03, 2020

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” — The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrated this year on January 20, is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. Observed as “a day on, not a day off,” this holiday is an opportunity to use the time off from work to commit to serving others.

Each year, the MLK Day of Service inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to serve their communities in a variety of ways — from delivering meals and collecting food and clothing to refurbishing schools and community centers and building homes. For service opportunities in your area, visit the MLK Day of Service website.

The power of serving

In addition to strengthening your community, volunteering is good for your well-being. According to the MLK Day of Service website, adults who volunteer are more likely to experience health benefits when it comes to longevity, mobility, and mental health. Volunteering can inspire a sense of purpose and accomplishment and strengthen social ties as it brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Commit to helping your community Monday, January 20, and continue your journey to wholeness. And be sure to participate in the MLK Day challenge on the Call to Health website, starting January 13.

Together, we can make a difference.