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Service-Minded Resolutions for the New Year

by Robert Velasco, II

New Year's resolutions are a great way to check-in with ourselves and reflect on our priorities. Resolving to eat healthy, exercise more, or spend more time with our loved ones can all be a part of using the New Year as an opportunity to become better versions of ourselves.

This New Year, we encourage you to make service-minded resolutions. As you know, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is right around the corner on January 16, 2012. We hope you will join the hundreds of thousands of people who start the year off right by helping others on the King Holiday, and recommit yourself to service all year long.

Now is the time to look around your communities to find ways you can help. You can find ways to make our neighborhoods cleaner, safer, happier and more welcoming. Get started by finding a service project or posting your own.

One organization that is helping people get the word out about their New Year's Resolutions is Resolution12. Started last year by Chaplain Charles Howard of the University of Pennsylvania as Resolution11, the project has collected more than 2,000 service-related resolutions via their website, Facebook page, and through partner sites.

You can also get the word out about your service-related New Year's resolutions through our social media channels. Tweet your resolutions to @JonCarson44 or @servedotgov, or post about them on the Facebook wall. Please use hashtags #Resolution12 and #mlkday to join the conversation.

Robert Velasco, II is the Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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