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Economic Opportunity

True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will have a broad overarching theme of Economic Opportunity. The best way to honor Dr. King's legacy is for people to unite and engage in service that addresses local issues and meets critical community needs. Dr. King worked for increased opportunity for all Americans. Now, more than ever, we need to work to create and support opportunities for Americans to strengthen economic security.

If you haven't begun planning for the MLK Day of Service, there are ideas below to help you incorporate the economic opportunity theme into your project. Are you already in the middle of your planning? Many service projects provide, support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people.

On this holiday, we should re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities--seeking to increase opportunities to improve lives.

Projects That Promote Economic Opportunity

Help to teach financial literacy. Financial literacy is an important lessons for all of us. Learn the ins and outs of financial literacy and then teach it to others.

Help people access programs to help them file their taxes. There are many ways to help, whether it's is becoming a tax volunteer or coordinating participants. All skill levels and talents are needed!

Help someone who is out of work with their resume or hold a resume creation workshop. With the unemployment level being at record highs it is more important than ever to have an effective resume. Host a resume building workshop to help community members create or polish their existing resume.

Help someone access public benefit programs. Only 34% of eligible seniors are enrolled in SNAP/Food Stamps. Hold a seminar to help connect community members with eligible programs can get them through a rough patch.

Connecting to the Economic Opportunity Theme

If you are already planning your MLK Day of Service project, consider adding an economic opportunity component or explore how your existing project contributes to economic opportunity. Below are some easy ways to add or highlight the economic opportunity theme through your project.

Additional Resources
This Week's Webinar

This Wednesday, November 30th at 3:00 p.m. we will be repeating the Finding Resources & In-Kind Donations webinar. This webinar will include:

View the Action Update on Finding Resources and In-Kind Donations.

Future Webinars

If you missed it, we will also be repeating the Volunteer Recruitment webinar as well as adding two new webinars in the coming weeks. These webinars will help you to plan and execute successful MLK Day projects and activities.

UNCP Student Daniel McLean
MLK Day, SC School for the Deaf & Blind Pictures-Spartanburg, SC
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