As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21, volunteer or make the decision to volunteer in your community. King routinely asked “What are you doing for others,” and January 21st is the ideal day to ask yourself that question.
The federal holiday was first observed 26 years ago and in 1994 Congress designated it as a National Day of Service, inspired by King’s words, “everybody can be great because anybody can serve.”
You can turn to Volunteer Match to find volunteer opportunities right in your neighborhood or nearby surrounding area. Visit the web site, type in your zip code, and you will be presented with a variety of organizations seeking volunteers.
And, if you are a leader in the workplace, encourage your team members to volunteer in the community as individuals. Or, organize team volunteer afternoons or evenings for your employees.
An additional volunteer opportunity comes on February 16 in Wichita, when multiple Kansas-based groups are seeking 2,000 volunteers to pack thousands of meals for children in Haiti and possibly set a world record. The goal is to package 350,000 meals in one hour. In addition to setting a record, that amount of meals provides a year's worth of lunches for 800 school children in Haiti.
The children attending these schools have not eaten a noon meal since September, according to officials at the Wichita Downtown Rotary Club who helped build the schools.
This event is being accomplished through a partnership with VolunteerKansas and the Wichita Downtown Rotary Club.
Volunteer stations will be set up with all of the materials to be packaged and boxed. Families are welcome to volunteer as groups.