What Are You Doing for Others?


City Year At WorkDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”  Each year, Americans across the country answer this question during the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday by honoring his legacy with a national day of service.  City Year is proud to participate in this tradition by inviting others to serve alongside us at each of our 24 national sites.  At City Year San Jose, for example, volunteers will work on constructing a garden, painting murals and various other projects to beautify a local elementary school, while at City Year Milwaukee volunteers will paint murals, create fleece blankets to donate to a children’s hospital and make tables to donate to a halfway house.

Here in DC, on Saturday, January 19, City Year Washington, DC will engage 1,000 volunteers in a powerful day of service at three different school sites.  Corps members and volunteers will engage in a variety of projects, from mural painting and school beautification, to constructing bookshelves for classrooms, to creating educational tools which teachers can use in their classrooms.

We are so excited for the projects we have in store, for the opportunity to engage so many volunteers, and to have the pleasure of being joined in our service by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  While corps members spend every day serving in the classroom, service days like this one provide a wonderful and oftentimes refreshing opportunity to engage with the community and gain a different perspective on what it means to serve.  Our Civic Engagement team has put so much effort into planning this day, and it promises to be spectacular.

What will YOU be doing to answer Dr. King’s call to service?  Comment below, or tweet @CityYearDC using the hashtag #MLKDay, and let us know!

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