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Turn King holiday into day of service to community

July 1, 1993

Turn King holiday into day of service to community

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When schools, businesses and others close for the Jan. 20 Martin Luther King holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many Americans will remember Dr. King by serving in their communities–by making the holiday “a day ON, not a day off.”

The Volunteer Center of Rock River Valley is encouraging junior high and high school students to turn their day off into a day on, a day of service to the community. Youth and adults interested in volunteering can call the Volunteer Center to learn about more than 200 non-profit organizations who could benefit from volunteers helping with one-day opportunities—many of which will take less than a few hours.

“Volunteer opportunities range from delivering meals to homebound seniors, serving meals at a homeless shelter, painting offices, helping with office duties, and more,” said Lana Paris, director of the Volunteer Center. “The Volunteer Center will help you find the volunteer opportunity that fits your needs and will make your day off a benefit to you and to the community.”

During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together as equals to address important community issues. Service, he realized, was the great equalizer. As he once said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

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