January 8, 2008
For Immediate Release
Karla Denny, Director of Communications, 785-296-4876
KANSAS VOLUNTEER COMMISSION TO PROMOTE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF NATIONAL SERVICE
The Kansas Volunteer Commission and the Presidential Inaugural Committee have teamed up to promote the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service in Kansas. The campaign is part of a national effort by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to spark an interest in community service throughout the United States. “We are excited to see people across Kansas serve their communities and honor Dr. King’s legacy,” said Shelby Hoytal, Executive Director of the Kansas Volunteer Commission. “This is the perfect time to make a commitment to service beyond the King Holiday. By tutoring a child, helping an elderly neighbor, serving in a homeless shelter, or volunteering at a school or community organization, Kansans of every age and background can help fulfill Dr. King’s dream.”
The Commission encourages volunteer organizations within Kansas to host events during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, January 17-19. Organizations can register events, at www.pic2009.org/page/s/ds1. Kansans who want to volunteer will be able to search for events near to them as well as indicate which one they plan to attend. According to Sara Shannon, State Director for the Inaugural Committee, “This National Day of Service offers a wonderful opportunity for organizations and individuals to connect to their communities in ways they haven’t done before. It will provide a chance to create long-lasting structures that will help Kansas for years to come.”
In 1994, the United States Congress transformed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day into a day of community service to honor Dr. King’s commitment to service. Dr. King once stated, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”
The Kansas Volunteer Commission promotes and develops volunteerism throughout Kansas by providing resources to local service organizations as well as administering national service programs like AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee is a non-partisan organization planning events on and around the January 20th Presidential Inauguration. The committee asks that Americans do more than offer a single day of service, but make an ongoing commitment to serve their communities.
For more information on the day’s activities, contact Shelby Hoytal (email@example.com; 785.368.6207), Executive Director of Kansas Volunteer Commission, or Sara Shannon (firstname.lastname@example.org; 785.248.1293), Inaugural Committee - Kansas Director.