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MLK Holiday is a “Day On, Not a Day Off” for Community Service

Published on January 17, 2019

Serve on MLK Day

Mayor Tommy Battle is urging the community to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by using Monday’s holiday as an opportunity to participate in community service.

The national MLK Holiday was established as a Day of Service in 1994, a “Day On, Not a Day Off”, and since that time the words and good works of Dr. King have inspired people to re-think their place and responsibility in the world.

“It’s really about servant leadership,” said Mayor Battle. “Dr. King understood that true leadership requires a servant’s heart. Getting out of your comfort zone, helping a stranger and leaving this world a better place.”

The Mayor says there are many needs in Huntsville and a host of non-profits are eager for time and resources. It can be as simple as helping a neighbor in need with chores and yard work, serving meals at Manna House, or spending time at a senior center. Others may want to create a project or schedule volunteer hours at a non-profit of their choice.

“Service breaks down barriers,” said Mayor Battle. “It allows us to grow into more compassionate human beings, and in turn, we empower others in our community to have better lives. This is our community, and how we serve sets an example for generations to come.”

For volunteer opportunities – for Monday and beyond –  visit the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville’s Non-Profit Directory.