Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

In 1994, In recognition of Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. 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 – “What is your position in times of challenge and controversy?.”

Join Gryphon Place in this annual day of service, January 18, 2021.  This day of service looks different than in previous years due to covid-19 concerns. Many of Kalamazoo’s MLK day events are not able to continue this year. However, we still encourage those who are healthy and able, to give back!

When signing up for a volunteer opportunity please keep in mind the following:

  • Honor the public health recommendations. If you’re delivering supplies or food to a family or  organization, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text them beforehand, etc.
  • Feel connected through solo volunteering. Even if you’ve signed up for a solo volunteering opportunity – like delivering food to someone who needs it or distributing door hangers with information – know that the people you’re helping appreciate your outreach and you’re helping people feel connected. You’re also staying true to the health department’s suggestion of social distancing.
  • Look for opportunities that are limited in size. Organizations know how important of a role they play in minimizing the spread of the disease. If you are committed to volunteering with others, look for a group size of 10 or less.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Of course, you should be doing all of the things to stay safe – hand washing, limiting exposure, etc. – but this one deserves a second shout out. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed.

For questions, email Event and Volunteer Manager, Jennifer, at JVanOosterhout@gryphon.org.


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