Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), to announce a $50,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center.
This federal funding will help the Volunteer Center engage 3,000 people in public service projects during next year’s MLK Day of Service. Projects include packaging food, assembling toiletry kits, donating blood and creating items that will benefit those in need at multiple locations throughout the County. More information about public service opportunities can be found on the Volunteer Center’s website.
“Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied the best of American values,” the members said. “Today, his memory inspires us to work collectively toward his dream of a more just and equitable world. Through the efforts of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, these federal funds will create opportunities for residents to be involved in his legacy of service on this day and inspire increased community service year-round.”
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged CNCS with leading the effort. Each year, thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds observe the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service, as a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”