Millions of people spent their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday volunteering, a wonderful tribute to a man whose life was dedicated to public service. Tomorrow morning, children will enter freshly painted head-start classrooms, people with mobility challenges will roll up newly constructed ramps, and coat closets will be able to find the winter wear they need to keep the homeless men on their doorsteps clothed and warm because someone cared enough to sort through boxes and bags of donations and fold and hang coats and sweaters by sizes.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a phenomenal day and what is accomplished on it annually is inspiring. Clearly, people want to contribute their time, skills, and energy to the organizations in their community. But not everyone has a day off each day to be able to volunteer.
That’s why many organizations are finding ways to help individuals and workplace teams become Virtual Volunteers. What’s more, a lot of companies and businesses are willing to allow their work teams or departments to volunteer from the office for specific times for virtual volunteering. This can make coordinating a company volunteer project a lot more hassle free.