Today's federal holiday is the perfect opportunity for Americans to honor the memory and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service. In fact, according to nationalservice.gov, it has been a national day of service since 1994, when congress charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to lead it.
CNCS reports that today is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. It empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions and moves us closer to King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
At CUNA Mutual Group, we're honoring Dr. King's legacy through volunteer work and other efforts to give back to the communities where we all live and work.
Today, we have employees providing volunteer support to the following organizations in Madison: DANEnet, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Madison Urban League/King Coalition, Rotary Club of Madison, Alzheimer's Association of South Central Wisconsin and The Road Home and Colonial Club.
In Waverly, Iowa, we're working with the United Way and collecting home goods for a local homeless shelter. And, in Fort Worth, we're collecting blankets and clothing for the Hope Gospel Mission and writing letters of appreciation to military members serving active duty.
For more information on today's day of service, this fact sheet may be helpful, or you can go here for details on how to join the movement or here to pledge your year-round support to your community.
Would you like to make today "a day on?" If so, you can find a service project near you here.