MLK Day of service

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

These words, spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr., are a powerful reminder of Dr. King's legacy. A legacy of hope and healing; courage and justice; compassion and dignity – and a call to service.

On Jan. 21, 2019, people from all walks of life will come together in communities across the country to celebrate MLK Day. Volunteers will unite to strengthen families, lift communities and bring help and hope wherever it is needed.

Turning inspiration into action

Thrivent member Cathy Brechtelsbauer, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is inspired by Dr. King. "Martin Luther King was always sticking up for the marginalized, as Jesus did, and we should too."

When Cathy heard about a proposed program designed to help once-incarcerated men reenter society with dignity and hope, Cathy was quick to respond. Inmates accepted into the program would be connected to a reentry team – trained volunteers from local congregations – who would extend Christ's love by meeting participants at the prison gate and mentoring the men for up to a year after their release, helping them take steps to succeed in life and avoid recidivism.

"Martin Luther King was always sticking up for the marginalized, as Jesus did, and we should too."

– Cathy Brechtelsbauer, Thrivent member

Funding was needed to get the St. Dysmas of South Dakota Reentry & Reintegration Program up and running. With a clear purpose in mind, Cathy organized a Thrivent Action Team Souper Bowl Soup fundraiser. "We wanted to support the program," says Cathy, "so we needed to do something special."

Team members decorated jars, filled them with dry ingredients for making soup, and sold the jars after church on Super Bowl Sunday (and subsequent Sundays). More than $900 was raised for the program. Thanks to Cathy and other like-hearted people who have helped with funding, volunteer or other support, the first reentry team has been trained and looks forward to assisting two men by the end of the year.

MLK Day is a great opportunity to use your 2018 Thrivent Action Team

Ready to do something special to bring help and hope to your area? As a national day of service, MLK Day can help bring even more attention to a cause you care about.

Take advantage of this opportunity to empower individuals, strengthen families and move the country closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

You can still use your 2018 Thrivent Action Team. Apply today!

Get involved: Lead a Thrivent Action Team

If you're a Thrivent member, participate in the national day of service by leading a Thrivent Action Team. Deadline to apply: Jan. 9, 2019.

Need more inspiration? Check out these Thrivent Action Team ideas (PDF).

To apply:

  1. Click on "Apply now" below to log in.
  2. Complete the application by Jan. 9, 2019.

Note: Due to the holiday timeline, an expedited kit must be requested. Please use promo code "FastShip."

Once your activity is approved, you'll receive $250 in seed money to jump-start your event as well as a kit containing T-shirts and a banner to create visibility.

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