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The King Day of Service Gets Underway

by United We Serve Team

We want to share with you an idea of what is happening across the country today – this is just a glimpse at the 10,000+ service projects found at

The day is already gearing up on the east coast, as tweets using the #MLKDay hashtag have been pouring in from volunteers. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve in DC this morning. Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Nicola Goren will volunteer with Secretary Arne Duncan at a DC school.

Here are some more events happening across the country:

  • More than 70,000 volunteers are expected to serve in over 1,000 projects throughout the greater Philadelphia area, the largest citywide King Day effort in the nation.
  • Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will use MLK Day to kick off the Cities of Service initiative. Projects including an outdoor soup kitchen and clothing distribution.
  • HandsOn Miami and Youth Service America are joining forces with 700 volunteers to revitalize Town Park Village, a public low-income housing facility.
  • A statewide project in Montana will benefit food pantries as individuals and organizations across the state collect food and help at local food banks.
  • The Points of Light Institute and its HandsOn Network will engage more than 100,000 volunteers in 1,500 projects that are expected to serve more than one million Americans, and will host a day-long virtual town hall featuring MLK interviews and service projects from seven cities.
  • Youth Service America will engage more than 18,000 students across the country and will launch “Semester of Service” to encourage students to engage in service-learning starting on King Day and culminating on Global Youth Service Day.
  • At colleges across the U.S., Campus Kitchens will engage students and volunteers in leading hunger relief programs to share on-campus kitchen space, recover unused food from campus cafeterias, and deliver meals to low-income neighborhoods.
  • Service for Peace is organizing more than 300 projects taking place in 13 states and using the holiday to launch its 40 Days of Peace campaign.
  • The National Alliance for Faith and Justice is supporting more than 100 projects including food and clothing drives, reading to youth, recruiting mentors, and is organizing a March on Washington for Mentors and No Violence to occur in Washington DC on January 22.
  • Thousands of college students from 28 states will engage in King Day projects organized by Campus Compact, ranging from tutoring elementary students to helping seniors learn to use the Internet.
  • More than 2,000 middle and high school students will pledge to perform community service and leadership development activities through City Year's Young Heroes and City Heroes programs.

How will you serve today? Let us know about your MKL Day of Service and share your story at

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