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Kentuckians to Join National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service; Volunteers will make holiday ‘a day on, not a day off’

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 16, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky.  (Jan. 16, 2009) – Volunteers across Kentucky will focus on community service and spend next week’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day as “a day on, not a day off” to honor the civil rights leader’s vision and legacy.

Monday, Jan. 19, is recognized nationally and statewide as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The MLK Day of Service was established nationally in 1994 to pay tribute to King and provide a way for community organizations and leaders to make a call for service. 

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Division of Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) is encouraging Kentuckians to be involved in their neighborhoods on the holiday.

KCCVS Executive Director Eileen Cackowski said the goal of the MLK Day of Service is to make it a time when people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives and bridge social barriers.

“That is the kind of country Dr. King dreamed about,” she said. “Through service to others, we can achieve it.”

It’s not too late to become involved in this year’s day of service, Cackowski said.

If you are interested in joining the volunteer activities, log on to www.mlkday.gov to explore opportunities in your area or register your group’s project. You can also find opportunities for volunteering year round.

KCCVS’ AmeriCorps Program and its partners are involved in several projects for the MLK Day of Service and throughout the year, Cackowski said. AmeriCorps members have mentored at-risk students, participated in disaster preparedness training and delivered meals to at-risk elderly citizens.

“Community service and volunteering helps strengthen communities and helps citizens achieve common goals for families and children,” she said. “Though the MLK Day of Service is a great day to make an impact, our cities have constant needs for volunteers that ordinary citizens can help fulfill with their time and talents.

“It’s always a good time to become engaged in volunteerism,” Cackowski said.

For more information about the MLK Day of Service or to request free training or assistance in planning a one-day service project for your group, contact Melissa Newton at (800) 239-7404.

Learn more about KCCVS, AmeriCorps and volunteering in your area at www.volunteerKY.ky.gov.

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Last Updated 1/16/2009