“Everybody Can Be Great – Because Anybody Can Serve”

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Since 2013 NWEI’s staff has recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of volunteerism and service. Staff take action in the community, many times coming together to complete a service project as a team, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1994, legislation was passed to designate Martin Luther King Day as a Day of Service – to encourage people to use the federal holiday as an opportunity to give back to their communities. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Over the past several years, NWEI staff and friends have volunteered at Gilbert Park Elementary School in Portland, helping with the school’s gardens, as well as volunteered with Portland-based non-profit Friends of Trees, thinning out invasive species and planting native shrubs in order to diversify the ecosystem. Boulder-based staffer Deb McNamara has involved her family in acquiring donations for Emergency Family Assistance and will do so again this year.

Looking for something to do today or this week in your community? Tuesday, January 17th is also a National Day of Racial Healing, and you can visit www.dayofracialhealing.com to learn more about all of the civic activities you, your organization or community can do on January 17.

At NWEI, we believe every person has the power to create positive action. We also believe the little things make a big difference. Here’s to being the change we want to see – and to the spirit of service that Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies.


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