Friday, January 9, 2009

National Day of Service, Jan. 19

"Often times we see service as something that we do for "those less fortunate," "those who can't do for themselves," or "as a way of giving back to the community." I believe that the roots run more deeply than that. Service is the basic function of living with each other. No group is monolithic or isolated from all others. In fact, there are not distinct groups of people at all, for each blends into another. Service is realizing that truth and living into it." — John, from Iowa, featured on the new USA Service blog.

Each January we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day off school, and (for many) work.  Across the country, thousands of people use this time to make a special effort to be of service in honor of the work of Dr. King.  This year a new resource has been created to help connect citizens with meaningful service opportunities in their area.  The new site: is a searchable database of organizations with whom you can make a difference.  Even if you make service a regular part of your life, you may wish to take this day to explore a different kind of opportunity or to reflect on the meaning of your service.  

Special Thanks to Karla Peterson for bringing this website to my attention!

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