Martin Luther King, Jr.-Service to Others
As I sit back and reflect over the last 10 years, I have realized that our country is so divided. It is a sad moment to see such division but I do believe we can bounce back from this ugly division and become a better country. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with others fought to ensure we all had equal treatment under the laws of this country.
As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. day on January 18, 2021, I present a challenge to you! Take the time to think about and find a cause that you believe in and are passionate about, find a local organization that supports your cause, and volunteer for them. Yes, I said volunteer while we are going through this global pandemic. Volunteer opportunities are still possible and a lot of communities desperately needed at this time. The organization I volunteer for is Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM). We are able to still provide services to survivors of sexual assault and trauma via the 24-hour hotline and via the network of hospitals through their switchboard operators for those in the hospital setting. Many organizations have made the necessary adjustments to still help those in need by switching to online support opportunities but many still need hands-on-deck in person.
By volunteering for the organizations of your choice, this small act can and will have a huge impact on the communities they serve and are needed now more than ever with our ever-changing landscape from the Coronavirus pandemic. So again, I challenge you to take this time to consider volunteering and help those who are a part of a cause you believe in. By making this simple gesture, you can grow and learn as a person and help bring us one step closer to becoming a less divided country again.