This January 16, 2012 is a day set aside to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It may be a federal holiday, which for many marks a day away from work, but it’s also time that can be used to honor his legacy through serving others. Unlike other holidays, this one doesn’t require your pocketbook. You only need time and compassion to celebrate MLK Day.
MLKDay.gov Need some help finding a place to serve on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service? The government makes it easy by offering free access to a volunteer database at MLKDay.gov. Simply plug in your zip code and get connected with areas of need.
Donate a Coat
For the 5th year in a row you can be a part of MLK Day of Service by donating a coat for the Warm Coats + Warm Hearts Drive. The organization is hoping to collect its one millionth coat this year. Pitch in by bringing your gently used outerwear to a Burlington Coat Factory location near you.
Find Local Rallies
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prolific leader. He knew how to excite and mobilize others to carry on his message of peace. Decades after his passing people are still gathering to march and rally. Find one of these free events in your area. For instance, Seattle will hold its 30th annual birthday celebration which is one of the largest in the nation.
Promote MLK Day
Encourage others to observe MLK Day by serving the less fortunate. Post free banners and widgets on your blog or social media pages. By getting the word out you can help make an even bigger difference in your community.
Support the Dream with Search
The recently dedicated Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC still needs to raise about $6 million. Even if you don’t have extra cash to give you can still help support this important project. Download the MLK Memorial toolbar and for every online search you complete using the toolbar the foundation will receive a nickel. It won’t cost you anything and it’s a way you can honor Dr. King long after January 16.
By Alison Storm
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