Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
For up-to-date information about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013 find event tools and resources on the Points of Light website.
Points of Light mobilized hundreds of thousands of Americans to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service projects and forums for conversation on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 16. More than 63,500 people from diverse backgrounds committed to America’s Sunday Supper, to share meals, discuss critical issues facing our world today and inspire friends and neighbors to take action. Some participated in dialogues in their homes or communities and others joined the conversation online. Points of Light also worked with several extraordinary partners to achieve our goals. One example is Dr. King’s wife Coretta Scott King’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Each of the sorority's more than 950 chapters hosted Sunday Suppers and service projects to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. More than 20,000 participated in dinner, a documentary movie, meaningful discussion and service projects. The sorority also engaged 5,000 middle school girls participating in its Emerging Young Leaders program in service projects focused on human rights and creating equal opportunities for all Americans. Highlights of MLK Day include:
- Points of Light, through its MLK Day grantees, activation partners and enterprises, engaged thousands of volunteers in service projects driven by community needs. Projects took place in hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world, including weatherizing homes, beautifying schools, serving meals and supporting veterans and military families.
- Points of Light received a $155,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to help mobilize more Americans to serve on MLK Day and throughout the year. Points of Light awarded six sub-grants through its volunteer activation enterprise HandsOn Network to: MLK365 (Philadelphia), Volunteer Center of Greensboro, HandsOn Central California, Virginia Conflict Resolution Center, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and HandsOn Greater DC Cares.
- Points of Light’s youth activation enterprise, generationOn, hosted Grow Involved! at PS 57 in East Harlem where 600 kids, families and community groups viewed an excerpt from "Whatever it Takes" by Christopher Wong, then broke into small groups to discuss the film and participate in a hands-on service project. More than 20,000 students, parents and teacher also gained access to Grow Involved! toolkits to expand service-learning opportunities.
- AmeriCorps Alums, Points of Light's national network for all AmeriCorps national service alumni, brought together service leaders at chapters across the country to share their experience and develop action plans at Sunday Suppers.
- Points of Light's Corporate Institute, which enables companies to engage their employees and customers in service, provided tools to help employers recognize MLK Day both in their offices and at off-site service projects.
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