J.C. Lewis Serves Honors Rev. Dr. King

January 18, 2021

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.”

Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King’s life and teachings and helps meet community challenges.  Service also brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The MLK Day of Service encourages all types of service, particularly projects that have a lasting impact and connect participants to ongoing service.

Today we partnered with AmeriCorps Volunteers and found the following opportunities in our Community.  Today may be the day your get started, you research and you learn how in these covid times organizations need your service. It may mean that you attend a volunteer training online today to prepare to serve as a regular volunteer. Or it may mean that you volunteer with a new organization you want to learn more about. Where and how you serve is up to you – the important thing is to get involved.

We consistently share opportunities within our partnering organizations and please let us know your favorite place to serve so we can share!

HOSTED BY:Kindred Hospice – Savannah


Our hospice is looking for friendly volunteers to provide companionship & socialization to our patients at home in Chatham & surrounding counties. Some caregivers of patients could also use a break to run errands for an hour or 2 – we also need volunteers for this.

HOSTED BY:A Mother’s Worth


Startup business, strong potential to transition to a non-profit, seeks retired LPNs and RNs, to assist in a program specifically geared towards women’s health, wellness, and recovery. Volunteer nurses will be asked to dedicate anywhere from between 2-4 hrs per day to assist clients referred

HOSTED BY:America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc.


Food banks are taking precautions and volunteers should expect the following: * Food bank request that if you are sick or have any symptoms of a cold, flu or this virus, please do not come to the food bank * Check food bank website and follow instructions.

HOSTED BY:American Red Cross


Provide excellent and enthusiastic customer service to enhance the blood donor experience. Engage with blood donors to promote blood donation and set the stage for a long-term commitment to regular blood donations. Express gratitude and ensure each blood donor is sincerely thanked for their donation.

HOSTED BY:National Park Service


Fort Pulaski National Monument is seeking dependable volunteers to assist with park grounds care; March through October,   grounds care volunteers help keep the grounds surrounding historic Fort Pulaski beautiful for hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Source: AmeriCorps Volunteers

Alternate Ideas:

Building and Sending Care Packages to those you love or those in need.

Volunteering to become a bone marrow donor with Be The Match and Red Cross.

Giving Companionship to our elderly population.  Lead a virtual class, send cards, virtual visits, or simply call your grandmother.

For more virtual opportunities to learn and engage in activities for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King visit continuing education opportunities at Hands on Atlanta. https://www.handsonatlanta.org/mlk

As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Take a look back at the King family’s visit to the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The Civil Rights leader rode Ford’s Magic Skyway at the New York World’s Fair on a trip with his family in 1964.

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