Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday happens to be tomorrow, January 15th, and in his honor, on Monday January 18th, the AmeriCorps Project Change team will be participating in the annual Service Fair at the Marriott Convention Center, North Bethesda, run by Volunteer Maryland. It is always a fun day, full of hands on opportunities to pack food parcels, make greeting cards for veterans serving overseas, and sampling some of the other amazing work done by exhibiting Volunteer Organizations.
The call to serve is something that King thought was a defining characteristic of the citizen. He called it life’s most persistent question, “What are you doing for others?” The contribution that everyday citizens make to the common good, by looking out for their neighbors, by participating in local clubs and action groups, by being members of churches and synagogues dedicated to making their communities healthier and happier, are the pillars of the “Beloved Community” that King thought was America’s most compelling vision.
The Americorps Project Team continue to embody that dream that King articulated. After a bit of a break over the holiday season, they are all gearing up for a great new year of serving those who are most in need. As we celebrate one of America’s heroes, we salute our everyday heroes who continue to live out that dream.