Get Involved in the 2011 MLK Day of Service

With the 25th anniversary of MLK Day of Service quickly approaching, individuals across the country are wondering how they can join hundreds of thousands of people in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Here are four easy ways you can be a part of something bigger than yourself:

1.    Donate to your local food banks. Food banks nationwide help ensure that our neighbors won't go hungry. Most needed items are pasta, peanut butter, canned fruit, cereal, rice, beans, and soups. Go to http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx to find a food bank near you.

2.    Volunteer in your local community. You can find projects to fit your interests and capacity. If you can't find an exisiting project to join, design your own! You'll find the resources you need to create and lead your own volunteer project.

3.    Host a Sunday Supper and invite others from your community to join.  Together you can discuss the needs of your community and how you can be a part of the solution. As a host you will be eligible* for prizes like a new Flip Camera, free registration to the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service and more. (*Eligibility based on completion of the Sunday Supper Organizer Report.)

4.    Watch the live webcast of America's Sunday Supper. Broadcasting live from Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m. EST, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, Olympic legend Carl Lewis, S. Leo Chiang-producer and director of "A Village Called Versailles", Barton Seaver-cook and National Geographic Fellow, Michelle Nunn of Points of Light Institute, Robert Egger of DC Central Kitchen and other special guests will share their thoughts on civic engagement, volunteerism and how we can continue the work of Dr. King.

These are a few ways that you can participate in MLK Day and be part of a larger movement. Service and civic dialogue are within reach of each individual. For as Dr. King said

""Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace-a soul generated by love."

Join the movement!