Take the Challenge!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Thanks so much for your support of yesterday's blog post about volunteering. SparkPeople has partnered with the Corporation for National & Community Service to promote the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.

We heard from people who volunteer in all sorts of ways: from helping at a food bank during the holidays to weekly church services. Some of you help at animal shelters; others share their time to teach children about science. Volunteerism runs deep at SparkPeople; members helping members is one of our strengths. We're excited to help our members--and others--find ways to help in their communities and beyond.

We wanted to share a short video and message with you:

From the organizers:

The 2011 MLK Day of Service is over, but the work to achieve Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream continues.

Yesterday hundreds of thousands of Americans marked the 25th anniversary of the King Holiday by joining their neighbors to address pressing social and economic problems in their communities. Volunteers painted schools, served meals to the hungry, wrote letters to the troops, sorted clothing donations, and much more.

To encourage ongoing service throughout the year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has launched the MLK 25 Challenge - a call to all Americans to honor Dr. King by pledging to take at least 25 actions during 2011 to serve others and strengthen our communities. Watch this video to learn more:

To help you get started, we’ve posted a list of 75 ways you can serve. However you choose to get involved, you will be making a difference at a time when our nation needs your service. As Dr. King said, "Life’s most pressing and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

How will you answer the challenge? How will you help in your community or on SparkPeople?

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I live in a rural area where a large proportion of the population is elderly. Senior Centers serve an important service by providing meals and meeting a variety of socialization, education and health needs. I volunteer one day a week to deliver meals on wheels to those who are unable to get to the Center. Report
I am an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. My project is closing down when my term ends next week, and I am the only one left on my project. I did not do a specific activity for MLK Day this year, but I will continue volunteering at the non-profit where I have been serving. Report
Nothing special on the 17th, but I donate blood, serve on my library board, cook for church fundraising dinners, help with the heart ball, donate food, recycle for over 30 years - but these things and others are just things I do - I don't think about them. Someone has to do them. Report
Martin's "dream" that one day all people could walk hand in hand was a dream that many shared but unfortunately, too many did not share this dream. There is still hope for mankind to become a more loving group of creatures. I will continued to try and mentor young people because the future of the world is in their hands ! Report
I spend time with an Elderly Lady (Friend) and have tea once a week at her home. I am an active member in both community churches. Report
The act of unselfish kindnesses should be a natural as breathing. Thank you all for random acts of kindness you bestow upon others. Let's not just do these things on MLK's birthday but everyday! DREAM OUT LOUD ALL!!!
Thanks for this :) Report
Sounds like a great project. I hope that many people jump in and get involved. Not just for their community but for how you will feel after you know you made a differance. Report
Martin luther king stood up for the black people asking to treat them like human being and not the muck of your shoes.In my eyes he was a great man his spirt lives on makeing all colors strong. My way of helping other people is iam in a choir raseing money for people of all color with cancer get well. Report
Martin Luther king had planned on leading a March for poor of ALL colors and backgrounds. Unfortunately some ignorant man killed him before the March. May you rest in peace mlk and thank you for inspiring me to stand up for those less fortunate and those desiring equality. On the outside we may be different but our insides are made up of the same: heart lungs digestive and reproductive organs and a brain that thinks and experiences emotions. Namaste. Report
I am the leader of a local Swedish culture education club for youths and children. The local NAACP has included us in their annual Harvest Fest for the past few years. Because of their out reach to us, we have made some new friends have begun to build a bridge between our cultures. Report
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