Tara Greco is senior director in APCO Worldwide’s corporate responsibility practice
Monday, January 21st is the official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Since 1994, this Federal holiday has been observed as a “Day ON, not a day OFF” and millions of Americans have stepped up to volunteer in the community for the holiday.
If you haven’t sorted out your plans to serve, check out the Points of Light MLK Day online search tool to find an activity that interests you.
And/or, you can organize and host a Sunday Supper. This is a new, cool idea from Points of Light which invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together on Sunday, January 20th, to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community and highlight the power each one of us has to make a difference. Points has even secured 21 free films for you to access, covering various issues affecting our communities today—you can screen them and then discuss over dinner. There’s also a handy how-to guide for setting up your Sunday Supper.
This year, MLK weekend coincides with the Presidential Inauguration, so President Obama is also encouraging Americans to serve. Inaugural activities will kick off with a day of service on Saturday, January 19. The First Family will be joined by members of the administration in several volunteer activities this day.
There are lots of options—all you have to do is pick one!