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Message from Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 16, 2012 will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the MLK Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

Whether it's serving a meal to a hungry senior, running errands for those who are homebound or just spending some time with those who are alone and isolated, these gestures make a big difference in their lives. No matter what sort of service you choose to do, the important thing is to get involved, inspire others, and show everyone in your community that service is one of America's greatest traditions and has the power to change lives.

The MLK Day of Service website will help you find or plan a project in your community. Just fill in your zip code in the Find a Project box to locate a volunteer opportunity in your community or plan your own project.