This morning the President, First Lady and their family visited So Others Might Eat, an organization dedicated to helping people get off the streets – the first family served food to homeless and hungry men, women and children.
“Dr. King dedicated his life to advancing social justice and equal opportunity for all,” President Obama said. “But more than forty years after his death, there is still much work left to be done. Through service, we honor his legacy by helping our neighbors, strengthening our communities and meeting the challenges we face together. I encourage all Americans to not only continue Dr. King’s work through service today, but to make service a part of your lives every day.”
Additionally, Cabinet Secretaries and other administration officials are participating in the King Day of Service by volunteering in DC. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Corporation for National and Community Service Acting CEO Nicky Goren participated in a school painting and beautification project with City Year at Ron Brown Middle School. Council on Environmental Equality Chair Nancy Sutley participated in a canvass kick-off and door-to-door canvass with Weatherize DC to encourage homeowners to weatherize their homes.
"We all share a responsibility to serve our communities," said Transportation Secretary LaHood while participating in a community clean-up project. "Whether it's mentoring a student, volunteering time at a shelter, visiting with an elderly neighbor, or cleaning up a local park, we can all make a difference."
The King Day of Service is just one piece of United We Serve, the President’s call to every American to make service a part of their daily life. Go to serve.gov to find out how you can volunteer throughout the year.