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January 17, 2014

MLK National Day of Service 2014

by PBUnitedWay

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that acts of service were a great equalizer.  “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

In 1994, Congress named Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national day of service, and since then Americans have often celebrated the day through acts of service, and naming the national holiday “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”  Each year American’s come together to participate in community outreach projects giving back to their communities.

We at the Town of Palm Beach United Way hope you will be looking for an opportunity to make an impact on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s national holiday.  Listed below are a few organizations that will provide opportunities for people to go out and perform great work to help others.

The Homeless Coalition is looking for volunteers to put together welcome kits for homeless families and individuals arriving at the Lewis Center; and to tend the center’s vegetable garden.  To volunteer please call (561) 355-HOME or email homelesscoalitionpbc@gmail.com for more information and to register.

CROS Ministries needs volunteers to glean peppers in Delray Beach from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on January 20th.  For more information and directions to the fields, please contact Keith Cutshall at kcutshall@crosministries.org or 561.236.8176.

Can’t volunteer on January 20 but want to give back to your community?  Here are a few ideas.

Donate food to a local food pantry or food bank

Become a mentor or tutor

What will you do for others today and throughout the year?  The opportunities to serve are endless.   If you would like other suggestions, or need information about any of these opportunities, please call us at 561.655.1919 or email us.

Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors like you. Although some of the needs since 1945 have changed, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is still helping people who struggle with hunger, homelessness, job loss, abuse, mental illness, and more.  To find out more about the Town of Palm Beach United Way visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.   On behalf of the community that we serve, THANK YOU for the difference you make. 

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