It is always exciting to think about a day off of work or of school. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, we may be making plans to head out of town or to hit the slopes. One group, though, is taking the federal holiday to heart.
Vail Mountain School is fulfilling its commitment to the community by making it a day "on" instead of a day off and will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity on Monday.
The holiday has been recognized as a national day of service since 1994. Many people take the opportunity of the free time to volunteer and work toward making our communities better places to live. The day is an opportunity to make efforts toward King's dream of a "beloved community" by empowering individuals, strengthening our communities, and bridging barriers between races, genders, and social classes.
Some community projects: neighborhood cleanups; working with veterans; canvassing neighborhoods with high incidence of fires; empowering youth via the Public Achievement program; collecting new or gently worn coats; and, prior to doing some small service projects, sharing a meal with other community members to discuss what service means to each person.
Here in the valley, Vail Mountain School seniors will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Some students will help at the construction site at Stratton Flats in Gypsum and another group will help at the Habitat ReStore in Eagle. Over lunch they will engage in a discussion about service and the importance of the day and its role in helping our community.
Martin Luther King Jr. believed in a world of equality and social justice for all, for each person, no matter our gender or race or even our upbringing and social standing in life.
Please consider giving back to your community by volunteering. Instead of a day off, make Monday a day on. Together we can strengthen our community, empower individuals and bridge barriers. Let us work together in creating the America we know we have the potential to be. If you'd like to sign up to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, please visit www.ReStoreVailValley.org or call (970) 328-1119.