Monday, January 19, 2009

Realizing the Dream

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve," Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. This day should mean much more to people than no mail delivery. Many Americans across the country use today to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. King by dedicating their time to a service project.

A noted theme for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday has become “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” People of all ages are encouraged to set aside time to participate in service projects in their communities. This further commemorates the legacy of Dr. King by meeting local community needs, tolerance, peace and equality for all.

During his lifetime, Dr. King sought common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues. Service, he realized, was the great common ground.

There is no time like the present to seek out your community’s needs, and to honor the work of Martin Luther King Jr. It is a time to take action, and a time to make the change in our communities. United Way's focus is on creating opportunities of a better life for everyone, and volunteerism is a major component of that focus.

Our community is a generous one, through monetary gifts, but also through volunteer efforts. I challenge you to continue Dr. King's mission throughout the year. There are so many ways to get involved!

You can help in annual events like Make A Difference Day in the Fall and National Youth Service Day in the Spring. But it doesn't stop there. Programs across the community have many projects, committees and other needs where you can lend your time, talents and service.

To see a list of current opportunities, click here. You can also subscribe to the Volunteer E-Updates, an email notification about opportunities as they become available (sign up information below).

Please contact the Sarah Krenn at the Marshfield Area United Way Volunteer Center at 384-9992 or e-mail Sarah for more information about listed opportunities or to subscribe to the Volunteer E-Updates.