Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and put his teachings to action. Many do this by getting involved in community service for the day, in an effort to strengthen the community and empower individuals. These efforts fall in line with what we discussed in last week’s blog. EZ-ACCESS hopes that individuals with limited mobility do not shy away from getting involved in their community to not only strengthen the community, but also to increase awareness of their abilities within the community.
Finding Local Service Opportunities
One way to get involved on MLK Day of Service is to volunteer with existing community service organizations in your area. You can find these opportunities by contacting your local Salvation Army, Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity organizations to see what projects they have scheduled for this day. You can also visit http://mlkday.gov/serve/find.php and type in your location to find service opportunities listed in your area.
Creating Local Service Opportunities
Another way you can serve on MLK Day of Service is by planning your own community service project. Most communities are in need of help with disaster services, economic growth, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures and serving veterans or military families. Check out tool kits for creating your own local service projects in each of these areas by visiting http://mlkday.gov/plan/actionguides/foundation.php today!
MLK Day of Service is about community members of all ages and backgrounds getting together to make their community better. Whether you are volunteering with a local service organization or creating your own service project, EZ-ACCESS hopes you take this opportunity to grow closer to others in your community, break down barriers for individuals with disabilities and empower individuals to get involved!