Days of Service
Volunteering in recognition of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has become a cherished tradition for the NEOMED community. This year, amid the pandemic, we are unable to celebrate Dr. King through service as we normally would, but we can still make a big impact on the local community!
The offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Services invite you to take part in a toiletry drive to benefit Skeels-Mathews Community Center in Ravenna, Ohio. From January 19-29, 2021, we will be collecting donations in marked bins at the following campus locations:
Human Resources and Diversity suite, G-212
Student Services, R-130
What to donate? Toiletries and personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, deodorant, soap, razors, lotion, toilet paper, and menstrual products.
What is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. 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 – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Why Serve on the Martin Luther King JR. Day of Service?
Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community.
The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.
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