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Jan. 19 is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service

By Megan Hirt

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President-elect Barack Obama has asked Americans to participate in a national day of service on Monday, Jan. 19. The day coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and comes one day before Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

Politicians and celebrities are lining up to appear at high-profile community service events, but the most important people involved in Monday’s happenings, however, will be you, the volunteers.

Search’s national registry of Monday’s community service events to discover projects taking place near you. If you’re interested in organizing an event for your own community or nonprofit organization, check out these resources and tips to help you get started.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986, and Congress pronounced it a day of service in 1994. Thanks to the attention it has received from Obama and his inaugural committee, this year’s day of service will likely bring out record numbers of volunteers. We hope you’ll be one of them!

Megan Hirt is an Associate Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find her on .