|By Nikki Perez|
NeighborWorks America VISTA leader
On January 21, 2013 millions of people around the nation will come together in volunteer efforts in honor of The MLK National Day of Service, making it "a day on, not a day off." In support of this national call to serve, the NeighborWorks VISTA Program has encouraged VISTA members and NeighborWorks organizations to assist their communities through acts of service. This year, some planned Martin Luther King (MLK) day activities include:
Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation
|Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. |
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Neighborhood Housing Services of Richland County
Richland Center, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Ph.D. candidate, Simon Balto will give a free civil rights talk. VISTA member Robert Johnson will provide the introduction to the lecture and include some information about the earned income tax credit. This discussion will be advertised in the community with all encouraged to attend.
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
New Haven, Connecticut
On Sunday, VISTA member, Joey Rosenberg of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven will be volunteering with the Yale Peabody Museum for their MLK Environmental and Social Justice Event. The event will help children learn about MLK Jr. and ways to save the environment through stage performances and learning booths. Many organizations in the area will have having booths and Joey will be serving at the United Community and Family Services booth.
On Monday, VISTA members at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven are planning to volunteer with the Veterans Affair making welcoming baskets. These baskets are filled with household items for formerly homeless veterans who are moving into new apartments.
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Want to join an event? Visit the Presidential Inauguration Committee's National Day of Service website to find an event near you.