National Service Day in Louisiana on Jan. 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2009

In 1994, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others. As a tribute to that legacy and the very real needs of our nation, the President-elect and Vice President-elect have launched a national organizing effort on the eve of their Inauguration to engage Americans in service. This national day of service will fall on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2009 and, unlike past calls to service, President-elect Obama is calling on all Americans to do more than just offer a single day of service to their cities, towns and neighborhoods. He is asking all of us to make an ongoing commitment to our communities. Never has it been more important to come together in shared purpose to tackle the common challenges we face.

Those words come from the USAservice.org Web site, and Louisianians can make a difference in their communities on Jan. 19 and beyond. There are already hundreds of events planned across the state on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. As a small sample, click on the town names to see volunteer opportunities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Shreveport. To find volunteer events in your town, visit this page and input your zip code. The Louisiana Democratic Party urges the citizens of our state to take part in this initiative to volunteer and make a positive impact in Louisiana. For more on USAservice.org, here’s Michelle Obama’s call to service:

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