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Service News Digest: CNCS In the News, MLK Day Edition

by Kate Enos

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.

President Obama Speaks to Volunteers on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The White House
, January 16, 2012

The President thanks volunteers for honoring Dr. King's legacy by participating in a service event. Read more >>

Biden Speaks at Girard College for MLK Day
WCAU-TV, January 16, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking at Girard College Monday in honor of the 17th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service Monday. Read more >>

Martin Luther King Day of Service
C-SPAN, January 16, 2012

John Gomperts talked about Martin Luther King (MLK) Day as a national day of service by the Corporation for National Community Service, which includes AmeriCorps. He discussed the evolution of the holiday from a day off from work into a day of service to the community, the efforts of volunteers, as well as the overall work of AmeriCorps, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Read more >>

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Young Volunteers Choose to Give Back to Community
The Oregonian, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" While some are planning to rest this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 1,000 college students will answer King's call and come together to serve Portland youth. Read more >>

MLK Day of Service Inspires Events Across the Country
USA Today, January 16, 2012

The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded MLK Day of Service grants to six organizations to lead service activities on the day, supporting more than 300 projects nationwide to meet local needs. Read more >>

The Question Dr. King Would Ask
The Miami Herald, January 15, 2012

While more private and public investments are needed for economic recovery, there are ways everyday citizens can help. Volunteer service is a powerful way to strengthen economic opportunity. And when better to start than on the day we honor Dr. King? Read more >>

Koby J. Langley and TJ Thomson: This MLK Day, Serve Someone Who Has Served Us
Idaho Statesman, January 15, 2011

On the Martin Luther King Day of Service and throughout the year, Americans are using the power of service to connect veterans and military families to jobs and training, education, housing and health care. Read more >>

Day of Service is a Fitting Tribute to King
The Tennessean, January 15, 2012

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. By dedicating this day to service, we move our nation closer to Dr. King's vision of all Americans living and working together as one beloved community. Read more >>

Mayor Cory Booker: If You Want to Honor Dr. King, Do Something
Black Entertainment Television, January 13, 2012

On January 16, AmeriCorps and cities across the nation will offer specific opportunities to help combat poverty, neighborhood blight and racial discrimination. But, despite all the calls to duty on Monday, Booker says that service needs to be more than just a day; it needs to be integrated into our lives, and their needs to be more of it. Read more >>

WWII Vet Follows His 'Drum Major Instinct'
The Root, January 13, 2012

This profile is the first in a yearlong series titled The Root's Salute to Unsung Heroes, which will put a weekly spotlight on African Americans who have been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service as Drum Majors for Service. The inspiration for the honor is the spirit of community service that Martin Luther King Jr. described in his 1968 sermon "The Drum Major Instinct." Read more >>

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