Happy Martin Luther King Day! We are still riding on the joy from our Contributors Gathering this past Saturday. We will be posting video of it soon (thanks to our friend Cynthia Viola). We had a great turnout and 17 people signed up to become regular volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came out.
If you’re looking for a way to engage on this holiday honoring Dr. King and the work of community engagement, here are a few ideas:
- Watch the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. Like a great song or book, this gets better each time.
- Read – slowly – Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” So much of what he taught and practiced is encapsulated in this amazing letter. You will probably see memes pulled from this around today but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
- If you’re in Raleigh, pay a visit to the MLK Park. It’s been renovated and the statue is moving.
- Commit to volunteering on a regular basis. This is a day many devote to various service projects. As great as that is, we have a strong preference for making long-term relationships. Spend some time today looking at about your weekly schedule and cruising the internet for organizations in your immediate area – think about how often, when, and where, you can commit to engaging your community. Make a 6-month commitment to show up the same time and place every week (or month) and develop relationships. Those will prove more important than whatever tasks you wind up performing.
If you’re interested in getting involved regularly here at the Love Wins Community Engagement Center, send Laura an email. We’ll have another volunteer training event late spring/early summer and we can also convey the needed content to you individually.