Giving Compass' Take:

• Basil Sadiq shares three ways to volunteer to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day and all year. 

• What skills could you offer to nonprofits? Are you ready to become a leader in your community? 

• Learn about funding bold leaders to make an impact

Recognized as one of history’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work continues to inspire communities to come together and elevate doing good through service.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Every third Monday in January, good people across the country come together to lean into MLK’s legacy and observe the MLK Day of Service as a “day on,” rather than not a “day off.”

  1. Put Your Talents To Practice With Skilled Volunteering: To help fulfill their missions, nonprofits rely on support from volunteers year-round. That support can be in the form of single days of service, like MLK Day, or pro bono projects that tap into the talents of professionals.
  2. Help Protect And Restore Our Environment: While we know volunteering feels good, we now have data to prove its physical and emotional benefits. Our study with UnitedHealthcare found that three out of four adults feel physically healthier after volunteering, with nine in ten noting an improved mood.
  3. Become A Community Leader: Before his March on Washington, MLK’s movement for equality began at the local level — among his neighbors and community. Volunteering locally is a great way to meet new people, spark conversation and lean into MLK’s legacy.

Read the full article about honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Basil Sadiq at Just Means.