This coming Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Since the “King Holiday and Service Act” was passed in 1994, this traditional holiday off of work has become a day “on” for volunteerism and community service events. Salvation Army locations across the country are right on board, hosting a variety of events throughout this weekend that will provide you with the opportunity to give back to your community.
“There is a city to build. There is a country to save. Do not be an observer, become a builder.”
In January 2011, one year after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, these inspirational words were spoken at a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in Port-au-Prince. The speaker was Divisional Commander Major Lucien Lamartiniere, himself a victim of the disaster.
Did you know The Salvation Army combats human trafficking across the globe? In fact, we’ve recently stepped up our efforts to fight this ever-present and nonetheless, growing phenomenon of modern-day slavery.
When we think of this industry, red light districts in “other” countries come to mind, but in reality, the U.S. trafficking industry is on the rise.
We were inspired by a great idea from Jenni Ragland, Associate Director of the Community Relations Department at The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters. She created a 12 Months of Giving calendar which listed a new way to give back to Alaska communities each month of the year.
We liked her idea so much, we decided to create a 12 Months of Giving calendar that can be used by anyone.