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MLK Day of Service

Black and white picture of Martin Luther King Jr and the text: #MLKDAY January 15, 2018. Everybody Can Be Great, Because Everybody Can Serve. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the bottom it says OPM.gov

On Monday, January 15 we will recognize and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his prominent activism and leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. He worked tirelessly to lead and advocate for African-Americans, as well as men, and women everywhere – regardless of their color or creed, to achieve equality. Dr. King’s dedication to nonviolent social change had a profound impact on America. This Federal Holiday is celebrated by many as a day of service: “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

As I reflect on my past year as Acting Director, I am struck by how OPM -- and Federal employees generally -- embody Dr. King’s teaching of kindness, service to others, and progress. This year was fraught with hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, and although many communities were devastated by these tragedies, it served as a reminder of how impactful and service-oriented Federal employees can be. From those who responded as part of their official duties or volunteered their time for the relief efforts, to those who donated leave to adversely affected victims of the storms, our Federal workforce was there to offer a helping hand. In that spirit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is another opportunity to honor and promote Dr. King’s focus on service. As we shift into MLK weekend, we’ve highlighted a number of opportunities to get involved, and to live out Dr. King’s words, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”.

Opportunities to get involved over the MLK weekend include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)! Last year, Federal employees voluntarily participated in the CFC and contributed more than $167 million to thousands of local, national, and international causes. Today is the last day to pledge time or funds for this season’s campaign. To pledge today, visit the CFC Giving website.
  • Participate in your local communities and organizations to help the less fortunate.
  • Share ways you support MLK Day on its official social media sites:  Twitter: @MLKDay | Hashtag: #MLKDay | Facebook.com/MLKDay.

Thank you, Federal employees, for all you do! 


Today we take a moment to step away from our busy lives to remember the life and sacrifices of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a day for the nation to honor the legacy and spirit of this civil rights giant.

In his proclamation designating Jan. 20 as the MLK Federal holiday, President Obama urges Americans to come together for a day of service.

“By volunteering our time and energy, we can build stronger, healthier, more resilient communities. Today, let us put aside our narrow ambitions, lift up one another, and march a little closer to the Nation Dr. King envisioned,” the president said in his proclamation

I hope all Federal employees, each in our own way, will celebrate Dr. King’s life through an act of service to neighbors, friends and people in their communities who are in need of a helping hand. This is what Federal workers do: serve the people of this great country.

Enjoy this holiday. And make it a “day on” not just a day off.

 


Every January, Americans celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by stepping up and spending the holiday named to honor him by performing service in their communities. This year we will pay tribute to this great civil rights leader’s vision and accomplishments on Monday, January 20.

The MLK Day of Service is a way for us to do our part to create Dr. King’s “Beloved Community.”  Each of us in our own way can reflect on his life by reaching out to those who need our help. We can do our part to carry on Dr. King’s dream of justice, equality and human rights for all Americans.

Federal workers serve this great country each and every day. And on this special holiday we can showcase our involvement and investment in our communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It asks all Americans to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving their communities in ways large and small. 

I ask you to visit www.MLKDay.gov to find a project you would like to participate in. Also, if you have your own project in mind, the website provides toolkits that will help you with your effort. 

And please, let’s not limit our community service to this one day. Let your service on this Federal holiday be a springboard for coming to the aid of your neighbors all through the year.

The MLK Day of Service is a time when you can honor Dr. King’s legacy through service.  Remember, this is not a day off, but a day on.


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