"In many communities, MLK Day is viewed as a day of service," says Shannon. "Rather than a day off, we can continue the work he was doing by using it as a day to volunteer or serve."
This started Olson on a journey to consider the true meaning and purpose of MLK Day – a celebration of the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., and an opportunity to honor his legacy through acts of service that strengthen communities.
This year Olson will participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally in Denver. He also encourages Thrivent members to "look for opportunities in your community to serve on this day to honor the legacy of Dr. King."
Taking place on the third Monday in January each year, MLK Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a day on, not a day off.
"Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
– Martin Luther King Jr.
Make it a day on, not a day off
On Monday, January 15, find a meaningful way to serve your community. Volunteer to give back at a local nursing home, hospital, animal shelter, library, food bank or soup kitchen. All acts of service are generous acts.
- Involve your kids in your service project to create memories together while helping others.
- Consider taking time to honor or thank a volunteer who's helped in your community.
- Start a conversation about how Martin Luther King Jr. made an impact on millions of Americans.
Find more service opportunities in your local community.