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    In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Each year on Martin Luther King Day, thousands of Americans answer that very question by participating in service projects that benefit their neighbors and communities.

    The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Obama’s national call-to-service initiative, which urges Americans from all walks of life to work together to find solutions to some of our most pressing national problems.

    In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service. The MLK Day of Service takes place on the third Monday in January and is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service—in other words, a “day on, not a day off.” This day “empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a ‘Beloved Community.’”*

    Why participate in the MLK Day of Service?

    The MLK Day of Service translates Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action designed to address social problems. Americans of every age and background celebrate the holiday with service projects that can help communities, empower individuals and help create solutions to some of the nation’s problems.
    How do you volunteer for a project?

    Anyone can get involved in the MLK Day of Service, including College of Public Service students. Just head over to the website mlkday.gov and enter your zip code in the “Find a Project” box to locate a volunteer opportunity in your community. You’ll also have an opportunity to register and plan your own MLK Day of Service project. The Center for Public Service has also listed some events in the Center News and Events section.

    * “About Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service,” on the Internet at http://mlkday.gov/about/serveonkingday.php.

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