“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing in service for others?”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, we will honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A visionary, man of peace and an inspiration. It is only fitting that this great man is honored with a national day of service. Martin Luther King Day, the holiday, is often referred to as a day “on” rather than a day off. Monday will be a day where millions of Americans will come together to honor his legacy by serving others.
Many will serve in their communities, churches or schools and for those who do not know where to begin, there are a number of places to start. For young families you can go to Project Giving Kids to find age appropriate volunteer opportunities. Another terrific starting point if you don’t have a plan is to take a look at Volunteer match this weekend.
Think of Volunteer Match as the eHarmony for nonprofits connecting you to a cause and volunteer opportunity that matches your passion, whether it is animals, the environment, education, you name it….there are thousands of service opportunities by location to choose from.
So, plan on making Monday a “day on” to honor this remarkable man through serving others. I’m looking forward to sharing with you next week how I will be honoring Dr. King. In the meantime, ask yourself, “What are you doing in service for others?”
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
As you know, today is the day we honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. I wanted to find one quote that spoke about service and discovered myself being inspired by so many of Dr. King’s incredible words, that have become his legacy.
As we celebrate this day off, in memory of someone who believed we should live our life in service of others…perhaps it should be a day on, rather than a day off? A day to serve in whatever way that speaks to you.
So enjoy your day on and remember Dr. King’s words.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others? –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 17th annual Global Citizen/Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service is expected to be the largest MLK Day event in the nation. Approximately 80,000 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware will participate in more than 1,200 community projects, resulting in breaking down barriers, building ongoing partnerships and promoting a realization that we have more in common than our differences. Regardless of politics, this message of service is the message Dr. King wanted our country to spread.
So, if you have a little extra time on this holiday, perhaps you can answer Dr. King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” I’m sure the answer is creating a legacy of service that would make Dr. King proud.