Serve Illinois asks people to give back on MLK Day of Service


Monday, January 21, 2019

information provided by Serve Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 15, 2019) – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is January 21, 2019. Serve Illinois encourages people across Illinois to take part in the day of service by volunteering in their community.

Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland says, “Illinoisans answer this question each day by helping their neighbors and their community. Volunteerism is the answer.”

McFarland added, “Illinois is proud that we were the first state to honor Dr. King with a holiday, and we are prouder still that Illinoisans make it a day on, not a day off.”

People can find volunteer opportunities at

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated as a National Day of Service by Congress in 1994.

About Serve Illinois

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. The Commission is accomplishing this mission through the support of local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois’ AmeriCorps program. For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of more than 2,500 volunteer opportunities in the state, visit