January 17, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the King Federal Holiday; how will you be spending this historic national day of service? Community HealthCorps members and other Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities, making it a “day on, not a day off” – a national day of service to bring Americans together to help others. We invite you to join us on this momentous holiday!
MLK Day was first observed as a federal holiday in 1986—eight years later, Congress appointed the Corporation for National and Community Service to spearhead efforts of making this day a national day of service. Through continued support from partner organizations, such as AmeriCorps, this vision of service has continued to thrive.
Community HealthCorps would like to encourage everyone to participate in a local or national service project on January 17, 2011. Community HealthCorps members are leading events across the nation, such as refurbishing outdatedbuildings, hosting blood drives, and partnering with Habitat for Humanity as well as local service organizations.
- The Heart of Texas Community Health Center members in Waco, TX will join other participants in theircommunity to prepare and plant about 15 gardening sites across the city.
- Metro Community Provider Network and Salud Family Health Centers members plan to serve at two Ronald McDonald houses in the Denver Metro region. Afterward, they’ll make greeting cards for local senior citizens and thank you cards to military personnel overseas.
- Members from AltaMed in Los Angeles are teaming up with City Year LA to refurbish an underserved school.
- Hudson River HealthCare, Inc. and Open Door Family Medical Centers members are planning numerous projects in local schools, senior centers, day care centers and other organizations throughout Brooklyn.
Follow Community HealthCorps on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on current programs, and don’t forget to check out the Community HealthCorps website highlighting even more projects taking place nationwide!
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.