Serve others on MLK Day

January 09, 2019

​MLK Day is your chance to help make our communities a better place. Volunteering helps your neighbors and increases feelings of well-being.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. It is intended to be a day on, not a day off. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sees it as an opportunity to lift up our neighbors — to make our communities a better place.

It doesn’t matter how you choose to help, as long as you commit to serving others. You can tutor students; support military families and veterans; help combat a social problem, such as the opioid crisis; or participate in some other community-building activity.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

— The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In addition to strengthening our communities, volunteering is good for you. Doing for others promotes feelings of spiritual well-being, of wholeness.

If your church, place of worship, or local nonprofit has an activity planned for MLK Day, do sign up. Serving your community as part of a group effort can be especially meaningful — which can promote even greater feelings of connection and well-being than volunteering on your own. And no matter how you choose to serve, be sure to complete the MLK Day challenge on the Call to Health website, starting January 14.

For service opportunities in your area, visit the MLK Day of Service website. Commit to helping build your community Monday, January 21. Together, we can make a difference.