Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to the advancement of civil rights and public service. He believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and challenged all citizens to help build a more perfect union and live up to the purpose and potential of America. Illinois was the first state in the union to recognize Dr. King's birthday as a holiday, and we continue that tradition through service.
The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. National Days of Service provide each of us with an opportunity to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.
On January 15, IPHA AmeriCorps Members will join organizations, schools, individuals, and hundreds of AmeriCorps and other National Service Members across Illinois in volunteer service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. The members have planned a day of service at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg, Illinois. Feed My Starving Children is an organization dedicated to feeding children throughout the world who experience food insecurity. The members will be hand-packing rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to FMSC partners, which work to reach children in need around the world.
To find out how you can get involved in the MLK Day of service in your area, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday