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Strong Communities are Green on MLK Day

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Volunteers help maintain Virginia State Parks on MLK Day in 2011 / Photo: VA State Parks

 

In honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Congress
declared the holiday in his name to be a national day of service in 1994. Since
then, people around the country have spent the day volunteering to help others
in the spirit of Dr. King’s vision of community service and social justice.

If you’re looking to get outside on MLK Day, consider
volunteering to help clean up a local river or maintain a trail in your area.  Just enter your zip code into the Day of Service
website
and look for the green tree logo for environmental
opportunities: 

Map

Postings on the Day of Service site include sorting
recyclables
in Ann Arbor, MI and a park
cleanup
in Atlanta, GA. Live in Seattle? Why not spend your day of service
in the forest with the Nature Consortium? Are you
in Oregon?  Check out these 2013 service
projects
with great local groups like the Corvallis Environmental
Center.

MLK Day falls on January 21st this year, but
there are also opportunities throughout the week. For ways to dig in year
round, visit the EarthShare
volunteer page
for projects from EarthShare member charities like the
Surfrider Foundation and the Student Conservation Association. With the
documented happiness that volunteering brings, you’ll probably want to make
service a regular activity beyond January 21st anyway!

Tell us how you spend your Day of
Service!  Share your MLK Day of Service
pictures and stories on
our Facebook page – you’ll be eligible to win a
special gift from EarthShare to help support your green habit.

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