(Washington, D.C., Tuesday, January 14, 2020) – January 20, 2020 will mark 25 years of the MLK Day of Service, which recognizes Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service and leadership to gain equality for all Americans. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.
Each year, Americans honor the legacy of Dr. King with a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a way for volunteers to work alongside their neighbors to make a positive, lasting impact in communities across the country.
As Dr. King said, “Everyone can be great, because everybody can serve.” This day of service helps to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Over the last quarter century, the work has grown in size and impact as more Americans embraced the idea that citizenship involves taking an active role to make our communities better.
This MLK Day, Americans of all ages and backgrounds in all 50 states will volunteer in service to one another.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans will deliver meals, refurbish schools and community centers, collect food and clothing, build homes, and more.
Many more will make a pledge on MLK Day, committing to serve throughout the year with an organization they care about.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency responsible for national service programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and the nation’s volunteer efforts. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as the nation’s first day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”