by Drine Paul, City Year Providence AmeriCorps Member proudly serving as Team Leader on the Hasbro Team at Roger Williams Middle School

When reflecting on MLK Day and my time with City Year, I realized how much service has grown to be an important part of my life. While on this day, others get a chance to catch up on sleep or celebrate another day off from work or school, I was honored to spend this day serving the community I live in. MLK Day to me is connected to the value, Service to a Cause greater than self. It’s dedicating a day to serve others, not because I want to, but because its is my duty as a member in my community. Dr. King dedicated his life to the service of others and joining the fight for freedom for all. As I think about my responsibility to my community, it is the least I can do to honor such an influential leader. 

This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, City Year Providence joined forces with other AmeriCorps programs in the city for an inspiring day of service. With over two hundred volunteers, ServeRI organized volunteers from Teach For America, AmeriCorps Vista, City Year, as well as high school students and community members.

Understanding that MLK Day is a “day on and not a day off,” volunteers came together to demonstrate the Beloved Community Dr. King once spoke about, “a truly brotherly society.” We recognize that we are all from different backgrounds and have different experiences, but at the same time, we are all interconnected and our individual gifts and talents can be linked together for the betterment of our community.

The joy of knowing our hardwork and efforts on this day put smiles of gratitude on the faces of the students who were able to enjoy their renovated community center, was worthwhile. What an amazing way to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

**ServeRI YouTube Video of MLK Day of Service


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