Martin Luther King Day is a day to honor a man who stood for equality, human rights, victims of injustice and those less fortunate. Inspired by the ideals and values he stood for, the STRIVE team made the most of their day off and had a day “on” to help local communities.
Encouraged by his quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”, our team found creative, COVID-friendly solutions to help those in our community.
While traditional ways of volunteering are impacted from COVID restrictions, there are many virtual or socially distanced opportunities still available. As our team is located in various places across the country, it was a great way to bring everyone together in acts of service, impact various communities and honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
For those living in the warmer part of the country, our team members had many safe, outdoor opportunities to choose from. Picking up trash from bike trails or parks was a great way to grab family members (dog included!), get some fresh air, and make the area clean for everyone to enjoy.
Those living in a colder climate were inhibited by the snow but still found ways to help. One member cleared playgrounds and sidewalks of snow to allow the kids to play on the equipment while another created care packages for elderly neighbors to provide them with something warm to eat.
For those wanting to stick indoors, there were plenty of virtual meetings and discussions on improving local communities.
One of our members joined a round table hosted by United Way to discuss innovative solutions for businesses in the community.
Those who joined used their ideas and talents to create solutions in areas such as digital analytics, marketing, recruitment, and more.
Given the current state of the world, it is more important than ever to show empathy and lend a helping hand to those in need. Whether by monetary or physical donations, or donating your time and talents, it is always beneficial to help out where you can.
Take a page from Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and find a way to make a positive impact on someone’s life today.