Martin Luther King Jr. day of service


“We will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. Right now we are looking for persons to speak up and to stand up,” said board member Leonard Hamlin.

A favorite quote by Martin Luther King junior from an Arlington official on the importance of hopes and dreams sets the tone for an event Monday morning put on by volunteer Arlington, an organization dedicated to promoting local volunteerism in the county. Officials said this day is to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior and practice a day of service.

“One of the things that people think of during Martin Luther King day is to have a day of service and we are absolutely having those one day opportunities,” said Betsy Frantz, the president of leadership center for excellence.

During the day, the director says there will be multiple chances to sign up for more than 12 local non profits to serve. She said over 700 people have signed up this year. 

“There is a mixture of all sorts of things going on. Making blankets for children crisis, putting together welcome kits for people living in shelters, as well as volunteer training today,” said Lisa Fikes. 

Officials say service is one of the most important things a community can do to give back. 

“We at volunteer Arlington with our public, private partnership with the county, want to be able to have a day where we can not only honor Dr. Kings legacy of service, but to actually have a plan that allows the citizens of Arlington to volunteer and to serve on this special day,” said Fikes.

“If people can look at this day as an opportunity to not just give to others but to go into their core values and understand how to be of service, that is something that is way greater than any one individual,” said Frantz. 

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