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Legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This federal holiday was first observed in 1986. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." Participation in the MLK Day of Service has grown steadily over the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King's life and teachings. Many of the projects started on King Day continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the community year-round. *************************** Let’s “March” in service to keep Dr. King’s Legacy Alive ! Let’s join City Year New Orleans for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over 200 volunteers will participate in a powerful day of service as we honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The entire day of giving back to the New Orleans community is planned by our talented AmeriCorps members. This year's projects will take place at GW Carver High School and the surrounding neighborhood. Please register below👇🏽 https://secure.qgiv.com/for/nfmdos/event/795264/
Lets lend a hand in feeding Louisiana⚜️ Each year, Second Harvest distributes 34 million meals throughout the 23 parishes of south Louisiana. Volunteers are essential to Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year, more than 19,000 volunteers assist with a variety of projects, including food sorting and packing. Food sorting and packing duties include sorting and repacking donated food and grocery items. Volunteers help to sort through salvage groceries to ensure quality control. Volunteers also work in the warehouse re-pack room to separate food into specific categories and repack food into boxes that go out for distribution to member agencies. Please wear close toed shoes. *Also, you must register for this event* 👇🏽 http://noelneworleans.shfbgnoa.volunteerhub.com/
To most Americans, "Super Sunday" connotates the Sunday on which the NFL Super Bowl is played. However, in New Orleans, Super Sunday has a totally different meaning. It is a day for the city's Mardi Gras Indian tribes to put on their colorful suits and "strut their stuff" while marching in a procession through the streets. In keeping with traditions that date back to the 19th century, New Orleans Super Sunday is the Sunday closest to St. Joseph's Day (March 19). During their processions, the participating Mardi Gras Indian tribes, led by their Big Chiefs, often meet other tribes performing colorful dances, chants and other rituals. Each tribe and their Big Chief tries to outdo the other in a friendly competition witnessed by appreciative spectators.