DENVER – Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 – Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is asking Coloradans to help strengthen their local communities through volunteerism activities this MLK Day of Service.
On Monday, Jan. 21 citizens are encouraged to observe the only federal holiday designated by Congress as a national day of service as, “a day on, not a day off.”
“The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is a time for Coloradans to join together with neighbors and local leaders to help realize Dr. King’s dream,” said Garcia. “This special day provides an opportunity to reflect on making service part of our daily lives throughout the year.”
Serve Colorado, the State commission overseen by Garcia which is responsible for leading MLK Day of Service activities, is working in partnership with nonprofit groups, government entities, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses to promote more than 65 service projects across Colorado.
Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children and distributing children’s books collected through the Colorado Reads Book Drive.
More than 2,000 volunteers participated in 65 MLK Day of Service projects and donated more than 5,000 hours of service last year.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is working in partnership with Metro Volunteers to organize 30 projects with more than 700 employees statewide.
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to support the annual MLK Day of Service. Hundreds of our employees will be out spending the day volunteering and doing their part to improve our Colorado communities. I can think of no better way to honor Dr. King’s legacy,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Kaiser Permanente Vice President of Government and External Relations.
Last year, 550 Kaiser Permanente volunteers participated in 31 projects.
To participate in service projects on the MLK Day of Service, register your own project, or learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, please visit the Serve Colorado website at http://www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor/serve.
About Serve Colorado - Governor's Commission on Community Service
Serve Colorado strives to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in Colorado. Serve Colorado works under the leadership of a board of 15 Commissioners to distribute and administer Colorado's allocation of AmeriCorps*State funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The current program portfolio consists of 16 programs working to meet a variety of immediate and local needs throughout Colorado communities, including environmental stewardship, academic tutoring, youth mentoring, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and more! Additionally, Serve Colorado promotes volunteerism and service as a means to strengthen Colorado communities through days of service, special initiatives, and community partnerships.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 535,000 members through 26 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the fifth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the nation and the second ranked Medicare plan in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $90 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. facebook.com/kpcolorado.
About Metro Volunteers
Metro Volunteers was established in 1994 with the purpose of mobilizing and cultivating volunteers as a vital force in our community. We recruit, train and connect volunteers and nonprofits in our community. Metro Volunteers makes volunteerism smarter by empowering individuals and organizations with the knowledge and skills to create more effective, engaging and impactful volunteering. Visit us online at MetroVolunteers.org or call 303.282.1234 for more information about how you can begin your volunteer service.
About Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged The Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community.”