Let’s honor Dr. Martin Luther King: Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off

Cathi HahnerBy Cathi Hahner, Director of the Volunteer Services

On January 19, 2015, the nation will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. Communities will come together to remember Dr King and the imprint he left on mankind. He was a man of faith, peace and of service. One quote attributed to Dr. King that resonates with me is, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” This is the perfect time to do a self-examination and take inventory of your service to others.

What do you do to make your neighborhood, your community, your world a better place to be? Do you help your next door neighbor? Are you a scout leader or a little league coach? Do you tutor at the neighborhood school? Have you organized a food drive for the local food pantry? Do you have a couple hours a week to help at the local homeless shelter?

Opportunities to serve are nearby. Our youth need strong adult role models who can mentor, tutor, coach and lead. The homeless need shelter and the hungry need food. The sick need comforting. All these needs can be met by the generosity of great volunteers. As Dr King once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” Be great… honor the memory of Dr. King through your volunteer service.

Local celebrations include the 30th annual KCK Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at Jack E. Reardon Convention Center. The event will kick off with a ‘MOTORCADE FOR HUNGER” which aims to both call attention to the plight of the hungry and collect food for local pantries. Volunteers are needed to join us with their vehicles as the motorcade drives a selected route through the community spreading the word about hunger. Motorcade vehicles will meet at 9am at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 4th & Richmond. The route will depart promptly at 10am and end at the convention center.

Volunteers are also welcome to organize a food drive prior to the motorcade or bring non-perishable items to the United Way Office, 434 Minnesota, between 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday prior to the event. For more information contact Cathi at chahner@unitedway-wyco.org or Emily at eworm@unitedway-wyco.org or call 913-371-3674 ext. 1308.

To celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year, take the MLK Day Challenge by making a commitment to serve not just on one day, but throughout the year. For information on how you can be great through service check out our web site at www.unitedway-wyco.org. and click on VOLUNTEER.

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