Starbucks and VolunteerMatch are empowering volunteers to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and find ways to do good this MLK Day of Service.
Recognized as one of history’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work continues to inspire communities to come together and elevate doing good through service.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Every third Monday in January, good people across the country come together to lean into MLK’s legacy and observe the MLK Day of Service as a “day on,” rather than not a “day off.”
The day after Christmas, a tornado three and a half miles wide tore through neighborhoods in North Texas, damaging or destroying 1,110 homes and 35 businesses. More than 40 volunteers from Alliance Data's Plano office spent two mornings the past month clearing the rubble in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods. While the work was grueling, the feedback was the same from everyone – it was worth the effort. So much is still needed to help those affected though.
This past Thanksgiving holiday, a number of Major Leaguers joined forces with their local Action Team schools in Florida, Maine, and New Jersey as they combined to give back to their neighbors in need.
This month, Action Team Captains from Brunswick, Me., made their annual trip via ferry to Peaks Island, to spruce up one of Volunteers of America’s affordable senior housing facilities.
Despite strong winds and crisp temperatures, Captains boarded the ferry that afternoon after school, and took the 20-minute trip to Fay Garman House, where they then broke off into groups to assist with yard work, organizing the library and children’s center and cleaning up outside the elementary school.
It’s almost Action Team time. The beginning of the school year is when existing Action Team Captains – those high school students who plan and organize Action Team events in their school and community – are busy planning how they’ll make a difference during the year. It’s also when students are forming new Action Teams at high schools across the country, and, in the process – whether they know it or not – of building a legacy that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
With the help of Friends, families and Sponsors (Bloomberg, Davies Ward & Selerity) Vigilant Global’s Vigi4Cure team completed their fourth journey to Quebec City on July 11-12 with the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. A total of 1,347 participants raised a total of $4.9 million for the Segal Cancer Center at the Jewish General Hospital.