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Martin Luther King Day of Service Projects Announced.

Published December 10, 2009

During the 1950s and ’60s, civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. As he once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”

Recently the Maine Commission for Community Service announced 16 recipients of a recent award competition designed to aide organizations in developing community volunteer service projects in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.  Service projects will be held on Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 18, 2010 or the weekend prior. Information on how to get involved with the project in your community can be found on VolunteerMaine.org.

Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service honors that legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. Instead of it being just another day off from school or work, the aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to strengthen their community, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned.

King Day of Service has grown steadily since its inception. With thousands of projects planned in all 50 states, the 2009 King Day of Service promises to be the biggest and best ever. This year Maine has projects from York to Penobscot!