Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through our Weekend of Service
Building a Generation of Volunteers
Volunteer Fairfax was pleased to combine two popular family-friendly volunteer events – Valentines Challenge and Give Together, into the 2021 MLK, Jr. Weekend of Service. In both events, volunteers worked on service projects from the safety of their homes, school, or after school programs.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and some ingenuity in sorting supplies, we were able to distribute nearly 1000 project supply kits out to the community! We believe that regardless of access or ability to purchase materials, everyone should know the power of Dr. King’s call to service.
We were honored to work with nonprofit organizations including, Cornerstones, Lorton Community Action Center, Neighborhood Community Services, and other local civic groups such as the Jack and Jill Club of America, Inc. to ensure that several supply kits went to vulnerable youth populations.
The MLK, Jr. Volunteer Guidebook
Making its debut this year was the first-ever MLK, Jr. Volunteer Guidebook which was available in hard-copy or digital download to those who registered to participate in Give Together This outstanding publication outlines actionable service project ideas to engage families. Parents and educators can select projects based on key mission areas including food insecurity, social justice, elder care, and homelessness. The MLK Jr. Volunteer Guidebook also included “Step-Up” Challenges geared towards helping teens make simple service ideas actionable with their peers and within their communities.Download Here
Valentine's Challenge exceeds goals!
This year, the Valentines’ Day Challenge expanded its mission beyond supporting youth aging out of the foster care system and challenged the community to share the love with frontline healthcare workers. Based on the overwhelming response for supply kits, we expect our volunteers to have hand-crafted more than 10,000 valentine cards that will be distributed to the following organizations: Foster Care to Success, Fairfax County Foster Care System, Adoption and Kinship Children, Children’s National Medical Center, INOVA Hospital System, Walter Reed Medical Center and Wounded Warriors.See valentine cards
U.S. Naval Academy’s Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber joins Volunteer Fairfax in recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service with a video message to families to help foster volunteerism with young people. Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, the Naval Academy’s first African American female brigade commander, is a Mechanical Engineering major who aspires to commission as a Marine Corps ground officer. Click below to view her message.
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