Americans Make 2010 King Holiday a Day On, Not a Day Off

Hundreds of Thousands Serve in More than 10,000 Projects

Hundreds of thousands of Americans joined in volunteer service projects across the country as part of the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined cabinet secretaries, elected officials, nonprofit and business leaders, and Americans of all ages and backgrounds in rolling up their sleeves to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. More than 10,000 service projects took place in all 50 states, addressing a multitude of pressing social issues from poverty and hunger to homelessness and the Haitian crisis.

Americans made it a “a day on, not a day off” by delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, reading to children, providing employment counseling, and more. Many organizations use the day as a springboard for year-round civic action. The King Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the King Center in partnership with nonprofit, education, business, and other organizations around the country.

“In New Jersey, volunteers kicked off a semester of service by organizing multiple book drives. Twenty-four Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations throughout New Jersey accepted employee and customer book donations in the two weeks leading up to MLK Day. Over MLK Weekend, volunteers brought books to 4 New Jersey After 3 after-school programs. Volunteers will continue to serve by launching a “Speak Out & Listen Up” campaign — a 13 week long curriculum that will allow 4,500 students and 2,000 family and community members in the New Jersey After 3 network to reflect on the teachings of Dr. King.”

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