MLK Day of Service in Lynn
How MLK Day Came to be:
The campaign for a federal holiday in Dr. King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968 through a bill introduced by Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooks. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. (Authored by the 2014-2015 LaVida scholars):
SCI and the MLK Day of Service in Lynn, MA:
Each year on MLK Day, SCI partners with various organizations in the community to organize a Day of Service in Lynn, MA. Partner organizations include Girls Inc. of Lynn, the Lynn Community Association, LaVida, LYSOA, the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, FoodCorps, United Way, and more! Volunteers meet at a central location and then disperse into the community to complete one-day service projects for various organizations. Past projects include:
- Ice cream social at nursing home
- Making Valentines for veterans and seniors
- Painting the Lynn Library
- Creating toiletry kits for homeless individuals
- Making book marks for the Lynn Library
- Hosting youth events at the YMCA
- Making and serving lunch at My Brother's Table
.. and many more!
If you would like to get involved in planning this event, or if you'd like to find out more information about volunteering, visit our contact page and send us an email!