Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is asking Coloradans to help strengthen their local communities through volunteerism activities this MLK Day of Service.
On Monday, Jan. 21 citizens are encouraged to observe the only federal holiday designated by Congress as a national day of service as, “a day on, not a day off.”
“The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is a time for Coloradans to join together with neighbors and local leaders to help realize Dr. King’s dream,” said Garcia. “This special day provides an opportunity to reflect on making service part of our daily lives throughout the year.”
Serve Colorado, the State commission overseen by Garcia which is responsible for leading MLK Day of Service activities, is working in partnership with nonprofit groups, government entities, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses to promote more than 65 service projects across Colorado.
Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children and distributing children’s books collected through the Colorado Reads Book Drive.
More than 2,000 volunteers participated in 65 MLK Day of Service projects and donated more than 5,000 hours of service last year.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is working in partnership with Metro Volunteers to organize 30 projects with more than 700 employees statewide.
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to support the annual MLK Day of Service. Hundreds of our employees will be out spending the day volunteering and doing their part to improve our Colorado communities. I can think of no better way to honor Dr. King’s legacy,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Kaiser Permanente Vice President of Government and External Relations.
Last year, 550 Kaiser Permanente volunteers participated in 31 projects.
To participate in service projects on the MLK Day of Service, register your own project, or learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, please visit the Serve Colorado website at www.colorado.gov/servecolorado.