Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Volunteers across Chicago have celebrated Dr. King’s legacy this January with Chicago Cares – working to transform and uplift the city. Some of the highlights so far include:
- Celebration of Service: In partnership with Target, 1,000 volunteers got up early on Saturday, Jan. 17, and filled the halls of seven Chicago Public Schools, painting walls and murals, building cubbies and more. Studies show students and teachers perform better in spaces that are stimulating; volunteers helped uplift the learning environment and showed students they care. Check out this video from ABC7.
- MLK Special projects: We’ve worked with our community partners to curate eight special projects in our ongoing programs, and focus the activities on the message of Dr. King. Projects range from reading about Dr. King and creating artwork inspired by his legacy with children, to facilitating a current-events discussion with residents of a facility that provides housing and services for formerly incarcerated men.
There are still MLK Special projects open to volunteers, so sign up today! By serving with us, you’re continuing the work of Dr. King, honoring his legacy and inspiring others.
As we honor Dr. King this month, we hope you’ll reflect on your commitment to service and where it can go from here. How will you take the lessons from your service experience with you? How will you make your own community stronger? Let us know by using the hashtag #MyChi in social media.