While many people have the day off work, choosing to spend some of your time volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a thoughtful way to build your local community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King who called us to take action. This day marks our opportunity to recommit as citizens by volunteering in service to others and of social justice and equity. Through those efforts, we can strengthen ties to our communities and one other while we address critical issues that divide us.
Here are some ideas of how you can serve your community in 2022:
Support a local nonprofit organization with a mission you care about.
Concerned about people experiencing homelessness? Donate your time, money, or items in need to Our Brother’s Keeper, a homeless shelter in Big Rapids.
Care about dogs and cats without a family? Donate your time, money, or items in need to the Animal Rescue Committee of Mecosta County.
Become more civically involved this year.
Ensure that you are registered to vote and know when and where you’ll vote in elections in 2022. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to learn more.
Call one of your elected state or federal representatives to encourage them to take action on a cause you care about, from climate change to expanding voting rights to funding education.
Talk to your local government office about how to volunteer on a board or committee, such as the Library Board, Parks and Recreation Board, and more.
Consider running for office. Many local positions will be elected this year, including township trustees, school board members, and more.
Donate to causes continuing the work of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality by providing legal representation and research for criminal justice reform.
The National Urban League has been working towards civil rights and economic empowerment for African Americans for over 100 years by providing education, job training, and community development.
The NAACP works toward their vision of a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination through grassroots activism for civil rights and social justice.
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I will serve.