Four years ago was the very first year we volunteered as a family to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
But it will not be the last.
Already, we’re looking for other ways we can give back to our community this year to celebrate the life of this great man.
Family volunteering on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is easy, thanks to a handful of really awesome organizations designed to make finding volunteer opportunities the easy part.
Not even kidding.
It takes five minutes to find a great option for your family and then register right there and then. And registering means only that you’re letting someone know you’ll be there.
No fees involved.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Family Volunteering on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
Friends. You will be so happy to see these resources and how organized and awesome they are.
Is one better than the next? You decide.
They’re all actually like brother and sister and cousins, so find what works for you!
Here are several starting points for family volunteering:
Points of Light | The world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action and change the world.
Points of Light is like the starting point. The Big Daddy. The homebase. The command center.
Everything you need is there, and the organizations below (many of them) can be found there.
All for Good | All for Good is a hub for volunteerism and community service on the Internet, and a service of Points of Light.
We found our volunteer activity here last year, and we’ll use it again this year.
It’s super simple to use, and you can search by area of interest (think: adult education, animals, culture, environment, schools, sports & rec, technology, seniors, etc.).
You can search by National Service Events, and you can search by dates. Most importantly, you can search
HandsOn Network | They inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.
HandsOn Network puts people at the center of change and connects them to their power to make a difference by adhering to these values:
- People drive change
- Passion overcomes obstacles
- Service bridges and bonds
- Innovation drives results
- Servant leadership transforms
The cool thing about this platform is that you can really share your awesome with others, too. You can share your skills in different ways, at any time of the year.
You can join an HandsOn Action Center and help where it is most needed.
Host a Sunday Supper | America’s Sunday Supper is a key program of Points of Light.
Inspired by Dr. King’s vision of people of diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels, America’s Sunday Supper encourages people to share a meal and discuss issues that affect their communities, to increase racial and cultural understanding and to promote unity.
I love it.
Will we do it? I’m not sure we’ll do it this year, but I want to.
Points of Light provides resources like talking points–conversation starters–and tons of recipes.
The goal? Inspire each of your guests to host their own Sunday Supper. I mean, what better way to have these important conversations?
GenerationOn | Their mission is to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.
I am so excited to share about this site. So excited I found it!
Really, allowing your kids to check out the GenerationOn site may be a super way to get them inspired for volunteering.
They’ve got videos of teens and tweens and elementary schoolers talking about why they volunteer.
They’ve got a site that is uber user-friendly.
They’ve got tons of important causes clearly outlined.
They’ve got tons of project ideas.
They’ve got a boatload of really worthwhile resources.
And I’m betting that for many kids, this will be all they need to really get psyched to make a difference–make their mark–on the world.
And that’s it for this year! Hopefully this will get you excited about volunteering for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–or any day of the year.
What do you to celebrate this day? I’d love to know!
Have you used these platforms before? What was your experience?
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