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Volunteer Opportunities, Celebrations Mark MLK / Idaho Human Rights Day

Monday, Jan. 15, Idaho joins with the nation to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate MLK / Idaho Human Rights Day. Organizations throughout Idaho are holding events and offering activities to celebrate.

MLK Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 encouraged Americans to transform the annual holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King. Those who have the day off from work are asked to “make it a day on, not a day off” by participating in one of the many day of service activities across Idaho. All events take place Jan. 15 unless noted otherwise.

Southwestern

  • MLK Day of Greatness March and Rally, sponsored by Boise State University starts with a poster-making session on campus followed by a march to the state capitol arriving at 11:30 a.m. for a rally.
  • MLK /Idaho Human Rights Day at the State Capitol Rotunda at noon, immediately following the Boise State march and rally. A keynote address from Francisco Salinas, director for student diversity and inclusion at Boise State University, will be followed by poetry and entertainers. Several community organizations will staff information tables about how their groups support King’s philosophy of actively participating and volunteering in communities through nonviolent campaigns.
  • Keynote address at Boise State’s Jordan Ballroom Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Speaker is Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou presidential chair, faculty director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University.

North Central

  • Multiple service projects and diversity panel discussion with Lewis Clark Service Corps and Lewis-Clark State College. Volunteer sign-up begins at 2 p.m. at the Lewiston YMCA, 300 Main St. Volunteer projects run from 2:30 to 4:30 followed by a community meal and panel discussion. At 6 p.m. there will be a candlelight walk from YMCA to the LCSC Center for Arts and History followed by performances from the LCSC and the Palouse Chorale Society Chamber choirs. The LCSC Living Voices Theater Company will then stage a production of “Our Revolutions,” a one-person play dramatizing the role of African Americans in the American Revolution.

South Central

Southeastern

Learn about more volunteer opportunities throughout the year at Serve Idaho.

Brightest Stars Ceremony Recognizes Idaho’s Volunteers

Seventy-four outstanding volunteers from throughout the state were recently honored by Lt. Gov. Brad Little at Idaho’s Brightest Stars awards ceremony in Boise.

The volunteers were nominated for their contributions in seven categories – Business, Individual, Nonprofit/Civic Organization, Senior Citizen, Student, Teacher/Professor and Veteran. All were nominated by fellow Idahoans for their extraordinary volunteer efforts.

The winners were:

Veteran:

John Harrington Burns Brightest Stars award winner

John Harrington Burns, photo courtesy Doug Brown

John Harrington Burns depicts what it means to be a lifelong volunteer.  A World War II Navy veteran, John is the founder of the Rock of Honor in Meridian, which honors the 66 veterans from Meridian who were killed or died from wounds suffered in action.  John is also the founder of the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia, where he served on the board for many years.  In addition to his volunteer contributions, John is also the author of two books and writes a weekly column entitled “One Vet’s View” for the Valley Times Newspaper.  Although John is 90 years old, you would never know by his active engagement in the community and service to others. 

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Commemorate MLK Human Rights Day through Volunteerism and Celebration

Monday, Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. / Idaho Human Rights Day and there are plenty of opportunities throughout Idaho to volunteer and celebrate King’s legacy.

Historically, Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 encouraging Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King. If you have Martin Luther King Jr. / Idaho Human Rights Day off, you can put it to good use by participating in one of the many day of service activities across Idaho.

Learn more about events planned around the state:

Southwest Idaho

Boise State University MLK march, rally and celebration. Boise State University poster-making, march and rally to be held on Monday, Jan. 16 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Student Union Jordan Ballroom and ending at the steps of the Idaho State Capitol at noon.

Martin Luther King Jr / Idaho Human Rights Day celebration at the Idaho State Capitol Building on Monday, Jan. 16 at noon. The public is invited to attend this hourlong celebration of “a day of service” honoring the life, accomplishments and continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event will feature keynote speaker Said Ahmed-Zaid, College of Engineering, Boise State University; master of ceremonies Francisco Salinas, director of student diversity and inclusion, Boise State University and the Boise State University Trumpeters. Allison Tilden will sing the National Anthem.

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Idaho CEOs Weigh in on Importance of Volunteering for Job Seekers

A 2013 study from the Corporation for National and Community Service found volunteers had a 27 percent better chance of finding employment than those who don’t volunteer. Many Idaho CEOs also see the connection between volunteering and future employment.

Connie Miller

Connie Miller

“We hire a lot of young people,” said Connie Miller, CEO of Icon Credit Union, board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and on the board development committee for Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council Inc. “More than anything, we look for the volunteer spirit.”

With that in mind, here in their own words, are several reasons why volunteering can help job seekers find work.

  • Volunteering is a state of mind that shows more to employers than simply the actions you accomplish while volunteering.

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Learn How Three People Turned a Volunteer Experience into a Career

Students entering the job market have a 27 percent higher chance of being hired if they have volunteer experience.  Volunteering teaches valuable job skills, improves social networks, provides real world experience and demonstrates an individual’s ability to work in teams.  Below are a few  examples of Idahoans who turned volunteering into a career.

Elizabeth Corsentino was a Boise State University student who volunteered at Radio Boise because of her love for music. Through networking at her position, she met the Treefort festival director who hired her to be part of the original founding group for the annual music festival.

“Volunteering is the best way to develop skills and network in the field you’re passionate about,” Corsentino said.

Corsentino now organizes and manages the volunteers for Treefort and is the volunteer coordinator for Radio Boise.

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Volunteer Opportunities Available During the Holiday Season

So you want to volunteer this holiday season but might not know where to start? Here are a few volunteer opportunities in Idaho this holiday season.

Winter Garden aGlow, Boise

Talk about having a great view while you’re volunteering. Winter Garden aGlow takes place at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise from Nov. 26 to New Year’s Day. The Winter Garden aGlow is a walk through a Christmas light and decoration show boasting more than 300,000 displayed lights. Volunteer shifts are 4.5 hours, and there is a variety of available positions varying from taking tickets, monitoring paths, serving complimentary cocoa and cider, handing out candy canes and many more opportunities. A full list can be found at http://idahobotanicalgarden.org/winter-garden-aglow/. Contact: Karen Christeson at (208) 275-8605, karen@idahobotanicalgarden.org

Secret Santa Volunteers, Pocatello

Want to help out with Secret Santa but your budget might be a little too tight to participate?  The Salvation Army in Pocatello is looking for volunteers at its Angel Tree site in the Pine Ridge Mall until Dec. 24. Volunteers will collect information from people wishing to participate in the program as well as collect and document the gifts brought in. Volunteer positions also are available to help with sorting, packing and distributing donated gifts. Contact Information: Julie Christiansen, (208) 232-5318, Julie.christiansen@usw.salvationsarmy.org

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MLK Day: Idaho Opportunities to Give Back

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr.-Human Rights Day and opportunities to volunteer and engage in community betterment are plentiful throughout Idaho.

Historically Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the life and birth of one of our country’s greatest civil rights leaders. National legislation passed in 1994 challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of Dr. King.

Learn more about events planned for around the state:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service- Lewiston: The Lewis-Clark Service Corps and MLK Day Planning Committee are inviting community members to participate in volunteer opportunities including working with the Idaho Foodbank, Idaho State Veterans Home, Boys and Girls Club in Lewiston, St. Vincent de Paul in Lewiston and Clarkson, the Lewiston City Library and Homes of Hope. Volunteers can sign up at the LCSC Student Union Building at 10 a.m. to be assigned to sites around the valley.

University of Idaho MLK Celebration – Moscow: The University of Idaho and Washington State University have planned a series of events throughout January including featured speakers, marches, rallies, films and educational activities. Food collections will be taken for the Vandal Food Pantry.

Idaho State University MLK March – Pocatello: Idaho State University is holding a march and food drive to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Boise State University MLK Day Celebrations – Boise: Students and community member can take part in a march from the Boise State University campus to the Idaho State Capitol for a rally. Following the rally, which will feature speakers commemorating Dr. King, participants will return to Boise State University to take part in campus service activities.

Corpus Christi Food Drive – Boise Big Brothers / Big Sisters is hosting a food drive to benefit the Corpus Christi House.

Hand of Hope Sends Medical Supplies to Kenya, Rwanda: Hands of Hope Northwest is calling for volunteers to help pack and sort medical supplies to be sent to countries in need.

Learn more about other national days of service at Serve Idaho.