|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2021
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida CEO Corey Simon encouraged Floridians across the state to serve their community on the MLK National Day of Service on Monday, January 18. Celebrated as “a day on, not off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.
“Dr. King once said, ‘everyone can be great because anybody can serve,’” said CEO Simon. “I encourage Floridians across our state to be great and give your most precious commodity, time, this MLK Day.”
Each year, the MLK National Day of Service inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to serve their community. Americans in all 50 states celebrate this holiday by participating in service projects and events that benefit all community members, including students, veterans and those experiencing homelessness. MLK Day has been observed as a federal holiday since 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and charged the federal agency, AmeriCorps, with leading this effort.
To find a volunteer opportunity near you, use Volunteer Connect. Volunteer Connect is Florida’s official volunteer opportunities platform. It serves as an intermediary between Floridians who are interested in engaging in community service and 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental entities that mobilize volunteers. Volunteer Connect was launched by Volunteer Florida and First Lady Casey DeSantis in fall 2019. To get started, visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.
About Volunteer Florida
In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established in Florida Statutes to manage national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, and advocate for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Since then, Volunteer Florida has evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. After 25+ years, Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida, and launched the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect, in fall 2019. Through our work, Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live.