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Planning and Running a Great MLK Service Day

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From http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/mlk-day-service-january-18-2010 


Dr. Martin Luther King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination, is widely considered one of the greatest American speeches of our time. If you haven't watched the video or read the text of this historic public address recently, now is a perfect time! Revisit Dr. King's powerful message of hope and equality — and fuel the inspiration that will lead to great service events on January 18, 2010.

This January, join citizens across the nation in honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and furthering his ideals of equality, freedom, and social justice with a special community service event. Make it a day ON, not a day off.


Gear Up and Start Planning

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is an annual opportunity to introduce individuals to the joy of volunteering, and to promote the good works your organization is already doing in the community. As Dr. King said, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."

The Corporation for National and Community Service wants to help you with your MLK Day of Service 2010 event. Visit MLKday.gov and find resources for organizations and individuals wishing to serve, including marketing materials, advice on working with the media, project examples and checklists, toolkits, posters, web banners, a photo library, an MLK Day fact sheet — and more — to inform and inspire your planning efforts. Project Tips at the MLKday.gov site can be a good place to start; use the left navigation to find lots more valuable resources.

You'll also find the MLK Day Mobilization Memo — a motivational and action-focused e-mail communication delivered bi-weekly to those interested in advancing the King Day of Service agenda. It offers topic-specific tips, best practices, and resource links, plus a discussion forum where planners and implementers of MLK Day of Service projects can share ideas and ask questions. Subscribe to the Mobilization Memo here. Join the forum by clicking here.

A new planning toolkit has been developed to assist with all aspects of planning and implementing a community-wide MLK Day event.

Refine – Register – Reflect

Get creative and start refining your project for the MLK Day of Service. Consider using one of these ideas, or use the "create your own" feature to come up with a new project for your family, your neighborhood, or the greater community:

  • Hold a workshop on Dr. King's life and examine issues in your community
  • Make and distribute disaster kits
  • Build a playground
  • Bring meals to homebound neighbors
  • Teach seniors how to search the internet
  • Make a public space accessible to the disabled
  • Serve meals at a homeless shelter
  • Remove graffiti from a building and paint a mural

Once you have a plan, be sure to register your organization's event — no matter how large or small. This year may be the biggest MLK Day of Service yet, and every effort counts!

Whatever event you choose, help your participants have a meaningful service experience and better understand the importance of the life and teachings of Dr. King by making reflection part of your project.More about reflection.


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