Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of every January. This holiday, the 26th annual day of service to celebrate the Civil Rights leader’s life, commemorates the civil rights leader’s birthday and his contributions to American history.
In recognition of Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service and leadership to gain equality for all Americans, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as the nation’s first day of service. Congress charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service, with leading this effort. As of September 29, 2020, this agency is now known as AmeriCorps.
MLK Day of Service aims to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service.
Did you know? About 70% of all REALTORS® volunteer in their community.
Service is a powerful tool for strengthening our communities, but it is only a start. Americans can take up the challenge to experience the power of service Dr. King shared in his “Drum Major Instinct” sermon: “Everybody can be great because everyone can serve.”
The staff at Arkad Capital are no exception!
We are proud to volunteer and, in some cases, serve on the board of trustees of various local nonprofit organizations. Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we believe volunteering and giving back to our communities helps to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community.
Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
The MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18 is an opportunity to remember Dr. King’s life and re-commit ourselves as citizens to answer that question by volunteering to serve one another and our communities.