MLK Day 2016: A Day On, Not a Day Off

The third Monday of January marks the celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and is a day designed to serve others and re-commit ourselves through service to one another. Congress designated this federal holiday as a national day of service in 1994 and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.
This is not only a day to celebrate his work, but is also a day to examine improvements that need to be made in education, health care, housing, and social justice. After all, much work still needs to be done to fulfill the dream that Dr. King had.
Dr. King devoted himself to equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for all and challenged us to build a more perfect union. Everyone has a role to play in order to be successful.
This MLK day was a day of service for the entire Spokane Service Team. We had 28 volunteers serve 8 at 2 different sites and working on 6 different projects. In such a small amount of time, we really made a difference.
In the morning we worked with the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach center to help at the annual march and resource fair that follows. At the resource fair we set up two craft tables, one with ninja stars and one with coloring pages of medallions and our Full-time AmeriCorps member Bryana Cope brought plant and animal coloring pages from her site at the Palouse Conservation District.
After the resource fair, we had lunch donated by our friends at Pizza Rita for our YouthBuild and AmeriCorps members! They were so generous for donating a slice and soda for each volunteer.
In the afternoon, we headed over to the Catholic Charities Spokane Furniture Bank to help out. This Furniture Bank is special in that they fix and donate furniture for those who are transitioning into a home for the first time or transitioning out of homelessness. The work they do is truly amazing! We were able to serve on 4 different projects around the warehouse cleaning and repairing furniture, steam cleaning, vacuuming and sewing up couches, cleaning and organizing dishes, and sorting clothes to be donated to different homeless shelters in our community.
It was a day well spent that brought together our AmeriCorps members from near and far to serve our community and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.