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January 13, 2012 / Events

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

If you’re up for that challenge, posed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK Day is the perfect day to rise to it. Monday, January 16 is the National MLK Day of Service. It’s a terrific way to turn your day off into a day on: go out and volunteer in honor of King and the powerful ideas he stood for.

It’s easy to find a group or organization in your community who needs your help. All for Good is a volunteer clearinghouse of sorts: just type in your location and you’ll be given a list of places that need you. If you’re in the Seattle area, kidServe Seattle offers a simple way to match kids and families with projects in areas that interest them, including Arts, Animals and the Environment.

At the end of the day, you and your family can join like-minded folks for a Sunday-dinner-style meal. America’s Sunday Supper (yes, it’s on Monday!) is an official day for coming together for dinner and discussion about the challenges our fellow Americans face and what we can do to help. Find a dinner near you or sign up to host your own.

When your kids go back to school on Tuesday after volunteering on Monday, their world will be a little bit bigger and their family a little bit closer.

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