Statement from Director Aaron S. Williams on Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service

January 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2010 Today, Americans celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During his lifetime, Dr. King was devoted to racial equality and peaceful conflict resolution. Working alongside individuals of all races, ages, and backgrounds, Dr. King encouraged Americans to unite and strengthen their communities through dignity and respect. Dr. King also taught us that lasting achievement in life comes through sacrifice and service. His devotion to helping others reflects the true spirit of service and citizenship and his example continues to motivate individuals to serve causes greater than themselves. Service, he said, was a great equalizer. It is in this spirit that the Peace Corps works to promote public service opportunities for all Americans.

To find service projects in your community, visit http://www.mlkday.gov or http://serve.gov/.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service is intended to be a day on rather than a day off where thousands of Americans join their neighbors in the spirit of Dr. Kings legacy to renew our nations communities and serve those most in need. Today, Director Williams is volunteering at Miriams Kitchen, an organization that provides free, homemade meals and high-quality support services to more than 4,000 homeless men and women each year in Washington D.C.

As Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary, its service legacy continues to promote peace and friendship around the world with 7,671 volunteers serving in 76 host countries. Historically, nearly 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. To learn more about the Peace Corps, please visit our website: www.peacecorps.gov.


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