The 2021 MLK Day of Service is almost here – and Americans across the country are rolling up their sleeves in service. Are you ready to get out (or even stay in!) and serve?
Making time to volunteer for the 2021 MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Volunteer service is a powerful tool that builds strong communities and it is needed now more than ever.
COVID-19 has had impact on all of our lives, but there are many ways to still serve, it may just look a little different. Whether you plan on mentoring a young person, delivering meals, or helping clean up a public space in the next few days, know that what you do makes a world of difference.
Get involved with RSVP on MLK Day
If you’re an older adult who has been considering ways to give back to the community, now might be the perfect time to join VANTAGE’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP.
As the nation’s largest network of volunteers age 55 and older, RSVP connects individuals with local organizations and causes who could use a lending hand. Older adults use their experience to improve the communities they live in and make a difference.
Safety is our number one priority during the coronavirus crisis. That’s why we’ve provided remote and at-home volunteer opportunities so you can still make an impact while socially distancing.
One great way to volunteer through RSVP is to participate in the Telecare phone reassurance program. Volunteers are matched with elderly, homebound individuals who do not get a lot of socialization for scheduled friendly phone calls and check-ins. Now more than ever, it’s so difficult for seniors to stay connected. You can help them feel heard this MLK Day and after.
Other opportunities include making cards for those in need, community art projects, and more!
VANTAGE’s RSVP program is available in seven Ohio counties, including Summit, Medina, Wayne, Geauga, Franklin, Delaware, and Hamilton. Learn more or contact RSVP online here.
Still looking for ways to participate?
- Honor Dr. King’s legacy all year. Use King Day to find an organization you’re passionate about and make a commitment to serve with them year-round.
- Organize your family and friends to engage to do your own service project – safely. Clean up a nearby park or deliver care packages to isolated neighbors.
- Make a donation to a local organization in need.
Be sure to share your thoughts and photos from your volunteer service that day:
- Tweet using the hashtag #MLKDayON and #MLKDay
- Connect with other volunteers on @VantageAging
- Other social media asks