Americans in all 50 states can honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., though living out his values of service, care for your neighbor, and social justice. This is a way, as many have said, to “celebrate the man whose dream celebrates us all”. Continuing a tradition he started at his first inauguration in 2009, President Obama is calling on Americans to participate in the National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19th, 2013.
Here in Washington, DC, please join us on the National Mall for a historic Service Fair to engage with federal agencies and service organizations from across the country on the issues you care about.
Speaking and performing at the Service Summit will be National Day of Service Honorary Chair Chelsea Clinton, PIC Co-Chair Eva Longoria, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, Iraq war veteran and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, American Heart Association spokesperson and television personality Star Jones, actress Angela Bassett, gospel singer Yolanda Adams, U.S. Rep and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and the Washington Children’s Choir. The event will be emceed by local radio host Tommy McFly.
Across the Nation, look for a service event near you on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s website, http://www.nationalservice.gov/. Here you can search for volunteer activities by interest, at any time of the year. The National Day of Service is the First Family’s most treasured inaugural event – but it’s not just about January 19th: The President will be asking Americans to make an ongoing commitment in their communities, focusing on seven issue areas: health, faith, education, the environment, honoring our veterans and military families, community resilience, and economic development.
Don’t wait – commit to being part of the National Day of Service.