Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr through Service

The noisemakers and hats are all put away but on Martin Luther King Day, America will launch a New Year of Service. By serving together, we can extend Dr. King’s legacy of doing for others and build a brighter future for all.

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.„ President Obama is asking all Americans to participate in a National Day of Service on Jan. 19th.. We are asking you to join the thousands of other Americans who will pledge to serve as part of this national campaign. Make a sign that says “i serve the planet” that shows us how or why you serve the planet (bonus points if you include the SCA logo). Share it on Twitter or Instagram with hashtags #iServe and #SCAplanet, and we’ll post our favorites here and on Facebook. On Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, we’ll pick one truly inspiring image and award the photographer with an SCA hiking pack filled with SCA gear. Read the full contest rules.

As you consider what form your service will take, we hope you will join SCA on MLK weekend at parks in Washington, DC, the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and other locations, or volunteer at one of the many additional service projects scheduled across the nation. If you have an event you want to share with the broader SCA community, please post it directly on conservation-nation.org events section.

Forty-five years ago, Dr. King remarked “all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” In just a few days, we can honor his words, his deeds and his life.

Giving back moves us forward as a people and as a country. So, if you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution or if you’ve already ditched the one you made earlier, resolve right now to serve on Martin Luther King Day. And, then tell us why you serve the planet… Maybe you’ll inspire the world to serve along with you!