Wednesday, January 14, 2009

National day of service

My friend Kerry volunteered during the presidential election last fall and recently received the following email from Michelle Obama, announcing a national day of service:


One week from today, on January 19th, Barack and I will join thousands of people all across the country for an extraordinary day of service. I recorded a short video to tell you more about this important effort. Please take a minute to watch it and sign up to host or attend a service event near you.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are committing to renew America together, one community at a time.Whatever service activity you organize or take part in -- cleaning up a park, giving blood, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or mentoring an at-risk youth -- you can help start this important journey. But this is about more than just a single day of service, it's the beginning of an ongoing commitment to your community.
Monday, January 19th, is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King taught us to live a life of service, and he led by example. He once said:
"If you want to be important -- wonderful. If you want to be recognized -- wonderful. If you want to be great -- wonderful. But, recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness."

Barack and I will be volunteering in Washington, D.C., our new home. I hope you'll join us by taking part in this national call to service in your community. It will take ordinary citizens working together with a common purpose to get this country back on track. This national day of service is an important first step in our continuing commitment.

Now is the time to remind all Americans what ordinary people can accomplish when we stand together.

Thank you,

P.S. Are you planning to be in Washington, D.C., for the Inauguration? You can be part of this national day of service in the nation's capital. Find out more
I think a national day of service is a great idea! Many of us are off work for MLK Jr day anyway, so why not doing something positive for our community on that day?

To find a service opportunity near you, click here.
So, what are YOU doing on Mon, Jan 19th???

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