National Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.”

Monday, Jan. 19, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and also the National Day of Service.

Michelle Obama has challenged all of us to volunteer on Jan. 19.

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.

To find an event in your area, visit USA Service.org.

As for me and my family, we plan to visit our neighborhood park and walk around our neighborhood picking up trash. With the strong winds we’ve been having the past few weeks, there is a lot of trash scattered about that needs to be cleaned up. I really wish I had a way to get the plastic bags out of my tree, but I think we’ll have to focus on the trash on the ground.

What will you do to help out your community on this National Day of Service?

Update: So the fam and I went out in the crazy, wild wind today (it was a good thing it was warm and sunny out) and picked up trash at our neighborhood park. There was quite a bit to be had and we filled about half of a trash bag. There was everything from beer cans (a lot) to a Starbucks cup to plastic grocery bags, papers, a hanging file folder, and various water and soda bottles.

Here are a few pics (taken with my iPhone) from our excursion:

Jody and Ava get trash out of the bushes. 1/19/09

Jody and Ava get trash out of the bushes. 1/19/09

Jody and the kids look for trash at the park. 1/19/09

Jody and the kids look for trash at the park. 1/19/09

Me and the kids pose with the trash we collected. 1/19/09

The kids and I pose with the trash we collected. 1/19/09

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3 thoughts on “National Day of Service

  1. I feel bad that I’m not doing anything especially since I live in Philadelphia and they have quite a few organized volunteer events but I’m traveling for work.

  2. I think that we’ll do a neighborhood trash pick-up, too. We live on a country road, so the only people actually responsible for keeping it clean are the residents.

  3. Um, is there a theme here? I’ll be babywearing and hand-holding and picking up trash in front of the “Littering is Illegal” signs here in Virginia.

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