By Ivelisse Mercado, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dedication to using his voice to impact and spark change permanently affects American history. He is an icon for social justice, equity, and community. There are so many lessons from his recognizable “I Have a Dream” speech. I believe the power of unity, standing up for what is right, and differences not defining us are some of the key points Dr. King made.
His messaging was rooted in peace. To this day it is important to remember to have empathy towards others and strive to achieve a greater sense of community. There are many ways you can become an active member in your community:
There are many ways to volunteer, whether it be with time, supplies, or donations. Volunteering is a quintessential aspect of showing up for those in need. Luckily, there are online resources and ways to find out about volunteer opportunities. The impacts made from volunteering create a ripple effect within your community and allow people to better connect.
- You can visit VolunteerMatch to find volunteer opportunities in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
- Our partner organization Inter-Faith Council for Social Service operates a food bank, shelter, community kitchen, and more. They are always in need of community members seeking to give their time.
- Interested in volunteer opportunities with Community Home Trust? Contact Development and Donor Relations Manager Calvin Burton: email@example.com.
Kindness goes a long way. Think about the last time someone did something kind to you and how it made you feel. There is power in paying it forward. Being kind can manifest in many ways: being present when speaking to someone, active listening, and treating others how you would want to be treated. Think about starting a kindness project right in your own home with something like this 30 Day Acts of Kindness Challenge!
As Dr. King showcased, it can be hard to be the first one to show up, but once you do you will be surprised at the impact. Participation can manifest in many ways. Whether it’s attending a community event, volunteering, donating your time or items, reposting or sharing, advocacy, and much more. We feel more connected when we engage with each other creating a greater sense of community. Visit Triangle on the Cheap for a great list of MLK Day events happening in the Triangle — and get involved!