Next week Monday, January 18, 2021 we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. holiday which also serves as National Day of Service. This federal holiday is referred to as “a day on, not a day off”. Americans are encouraged to give back and to be of service to their communities.
We all have something to share and when we work together we can make a positive impact and inspire others to do the same. We encourage you to become an advocate for your community.
"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Here are some ways you can give back:
1. Volunteer with a local charity/organization: Chose a place that interests you. If you want to learn more about animals or wildlife look into volunteering with your local zoo, animal shelter, or animal sanctuary. If youʻre into planting trees reach out to a conservation organization. If you love the ocean, check out a local organization that focuses on ocean preservation. If you want to help those in need, reach out to the food bank or nearby community garden. If you can, chose something that resonates with you and will bring you joy.
2. Create your own project: This is a good opportunity to rally up your friends and create your own project. Perhaps it's teaming up to do yard work for a family in need or for elderly folks that could use an extra hand. Turn it into a potluck and have everyone bring a dish to share. You'll feel good giving back and doing it with your friends makes the work that much more fun.
3. Independent project: If you feel like flying solo and doing something on your own that's totally cool too. You can chose to do something independently that requires little equipment or supplies, such as picking up ʻopala (trash) at your local park or neighborhood. You can offer to pick-up groceries or lend a hand to a kupuna (elder). If you have a particular skill that could be helpful to a local non-profit or project, you could offer a service such as photography, web design, or anything you believe will add value.