MLK Day Monday, Jan. 20 – a day on, not a day off

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is January 15. Our nation observes it on the third Monday of January, which this year is January 20, 2020. Each year, the MLK Day of Service inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to serve their community. Citizens in all 50 states deliver meals, refurbish schools and community centers, and collect food and clothing. Volunteers also recruit mentors, support job seekers, build homes, and provide other services for veterans and military families, and help citizens improve their financial literacy skills. Our nation’s leaders, including congressional members, governors, and mayors, honor Dr. King’s legacy through service projects while addressing pressing community needs. 

The Northern Virginia Community College, in partnership with Volunteer Alexandria, will host its 11th annual MLK Day on Saturday, January 20. Together, we will offer 250 community members a chance to learn more about Dr. King’s legacy, Basic Needs Insecurities, the importance of the Census 2020, and the numerous service opportunities available for people 6 years and older to benefit NoVA students, Alexandria residents, and the homeless population in our community. Registration will open Dec. 23.

“This is a great way to honor Dr. King, who believed in service and giving back in our community”, says Marion Brunken, Executive Director at Volunteer Alexandria, “it’s wonderful that NoVa Community College is taking the lead and organizing this. Together, we have created meaningful activities for children and families and anyone interested in volunteering on January 20.”

In addition, NEW hats, gloves, and scarfs for the homeless kits and juice box packs, bottled water packs, or multi-pack single-serve bottled juice packs for the campus pantries are needed.  If you are able to donate any of those items, please drop them off at the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus, Center for Design, Media and the Arts, 3301 Netherton Drive.

T-shirts will be given to individuals who donate hats, gloves, scarfs or drink packs.

Register online at www.VolunteerAlexandria.org/MLK. Check-in and welcoming will start at 10 a.m.

Join us to make a difference - it’s a "day on, not a day off”.