“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s a critical question. It’s a relevant question. It’s at the heart of the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And that’s why it’s fitting that Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, the third Monday in January, is recognized as a national day of service.
This year MLK Day falls on January 18. It’s a day when citizens are encouraged to put into action Dr. King’s message of non-violence, freedom and justice to strengthen communities at their roots.
Here in Utah, a wide range of organizations have posted their volunteer opportunities, from helping supervise school trips, to caring for veterans, to assisting at information desks and spreading the word about MLK Day 2016 activities in Salt Lake City.
You may notice that while many of the opportunities listed show a date or a specified period of need for volunteers, many others say “ongoing.” That’s because the need for volunteers is not limited to one day. In fact, MLK Day 2016 extends the challenge to serve not just for one day a year, but throughout the year.