"Everybody can be great because anybody can serve."
- Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
Next Monday, Jan. 20 marks the national observance of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Turn this day off into an opportunity to join in the MLK Day of Service movement. New York State has 10 Regional Volunteer Centers (part of the NYS Office of National and Community Service), that have been charged with a three-year plan of developing and expanding a sustainable network of community service agencies to provide volunteering resources throughout the State; to engage one million New Yorkers in service projects; and to deliver management training to strengthen the State's non-profit agencies. In a show of statewide solidarity, the SUNY system has joined forces with the Regional Volunteer Centers to co-host a statewide day of service on Jan. 20. Events (listed HERE) will take place throughout the State, in which SUNY students, staff and alumni can participate, feeling connected in their altruistic efforts despite geographic separation. Not part of the SUNY network but still want to participate? Visit the website of your Regional Volunteer Center for local opportunities:
The Stakeholders was founded in 2008 by local young professionals. The group states that they are "committed to community service and civic engagement, have encouraged adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to excel as volunteer and philanthropic leaders, mature adults to stay engaged and businesses to address community needs." The Stakeholders provide information about volunteer opportunities for residents in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.
In addition to volunteering, you can nominate someone for a 2014 GOBY Award, including Most Outstanding Company Service Project, Building Sustainable Communities Award, Arts Ambassador Award, and the Everyday Hero award, among others. Nominations are due January 31.The Society for the Protection and Care of Children and Genesee County's Habitat for Humanity could use more hands on deck.
Like the Mohawk Valley Regional Volunteer Center, this center also offers mini-grants to fund local volunteer projects. Check out this year's awardees (representing Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, and Delaware counties) and join them in their work on Monday.