Thousands of Americans are rolling up their sleeves today and answering the call to help someone during this special weekend, and Metro Atlanta is well involved. Saturday, Jan. 19 through Sunday Jan. 20 is a weekend packed with ways people can reach out and help others. On this National Day of Service, young and old are learning the valuable lessons of what is gained when giving back. Not only is volunteer participation an important seed to plant into young minds, but it also has an historic meaning. This weekend leads up to both President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, and the national holiday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Service projects around the Metro range from helping the homeless, to landscaping, to providing educational resources and materials for children. Click here to see nearly 50 Metro Atlanta National Day of Service events, RSVP for any of those events, or search for other volunteer opportunities by zip code.
Saturday morning, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill joined about 500 volunteers in taking part in a school makeover project at Burrville Elementary School in Northeast Washington. U.S.News on NBCNEWS.com highlights this event, a list of National Day of Service events taking place across the country, and Presidents Obama’s video message encouraging people to sign up to serve their communities on Saturday.
President Obama said, “Inaugurations are about more than just celebrating, they’re about coming together to make our country a better place.”
President Obama started this national service project in 2009 and said he hopes his initiative will become a tradition for future presidents.