AmeriCorps members unite to serve in honor of Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day


For Immediate Release: Jan. 12, 2023
Media Contact: Micaela de Loyola-Carkin,, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4042

Monday, Jan. 16, marks a national day of service when Americans are encouraged to volunteer for projects in their communities. To honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day, Serve Idaho AmeriCorps members are planning to volunteer around the community in many ways.

Some of the activities include:

  • AmeriCorps members, Idaho Rural Health AmeriCorps program staff, and Idaho State University students and staff will reorganize the food pantry at the Aid for Friends homeless shelter in Pocatello on Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. – noon.
  • AmeriCorps member Sarah Olivieri will volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Family Room in partnership with Lasagna Love to provide a dinner.

Serve Idaho is also partnering with the Idaho Human Rights Commission at the Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day event at the Idaho Capitol Jan. 16 at noon. There, Lt. Gov. Scott Bedke and former state senator Cherie Buckner-Webb will commemorate the holiday along with performances from area music and dance groups. AmeriCorps members will also be handing out pledge cards to attendees with suggestions on ways people can commit an act of service or kindness.

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center, thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses nationwide. For more information about the MLK Day of Service, visit


In 2021, AmeriCorps committed more than $5.2 million to support Idaho communities through AmeriCorps initiatives. This federal investment leveraged more than $1.2 million in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support and increase return on taxpayer dollars.

Serve Idaho is a division of the Idaho Department of Labor and the state’s AmeriCorps programs is administered by the Serve Idaho Commission. Serve Idaho is funded in part by the federal agency AmeriCorps and the Idaho Department of Labor.

For information about Serve Idaho and AmeriCorps service opportunities visit

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Serve Idaho is supported by AmeriCorps. A total of $4,519,228, or 61%, of the program is financed with federal funds, and $2,893,430, or 39%, is funded by local support.