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Tip of the Week: MLK Day of Service

January 10, 2024, The Association

Many of your colleagues in the field are hosting Days of Service next Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Dr. Martin Luther King first shared these now-famous words during a speech in Montgomery, AL, in 1957—and today they seem more relevant than ever.  As many folks will have off on Monday, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, many are making it a day on, not a day off.

As a way to honor Dr. King and bring communities together, many shelters are hosting Days of Service. It’s a tradition at The Anti-Cruelty Society, for example. This year’s Day of Service includes crafting activities—making beds and toys for shelter pets—as well as meet-and-greets with animals and a Q&A with staff.

At the Animal Welfare Association, community members sign up for half-hour time slots and bring toymaking supplies like pipe cleaners, construction paper and old T-shirts.  

Please share any additional ways you are honoring the legacy of Dr. King in your community.

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Photo: The Anti-Cruelty Society/Facebook

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