"Life's most persistent and urgent question..."

January 16, 2020
by Jessie Permar Kelly, Senior Director, National Service Programs at Rebuilding Together National

"...is: what are you doing for others?" -Martin Luther King Jr.

Next week, Rebuilding Together’s AmeriCorps members will come together in New Orleans to transform the lives of neighbors and communities in need during the MLK Week of Service. Rebuilding Together MLK Week of Service is a national program that brings together AmeriCorps members who serve across the country to one location to transform the lives of neighbors in need and positively impact communities.

This year’s project will be hosted by Rebuilding Together New Orleans, and coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20. The holiday marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. It is observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

During the multi-home, multi-day rebuild, 50 AmeriCorps members, representing 26 communities and 18 different states, will complete a variety of critical repairs and modifications to five homes in the Algiers neighborhood in New Orleans.

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that focuses on improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs, like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty and more. AmeriCorps programs have 75,000 members in 21,000 locations and more than 1 million alumni.

The MLK Week of Service is a hallmark of our organization and we look forward to bringing our members together each year for such an exciting and unique project!