January 15 is a special day in America…the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year as a day that we remember a champion. It’s not only a day where banks and schools are closed, but a day to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. Dr. King’s values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service defined his character and empowered his leadership.
MLK Day is also a national day of service. All across America over this weekend, people are volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at-risk youth…the list goes on and the projects are many. Many of these volunteer efforts impact the organizations that we also work to support.
I encourage you to take pause on this Holiday and think about your leaders. Who are the champions of your organizations? Many of us are so fortunate to have caring compassionate leaders who dedicate their time and resources to support our organizations. Our board members, donors, committee members, volunteers and community partners are key to our organization’s success in carrying out our missions.
So on this day, one of hope and promise and celebration of service, take a few minutes to think about your leaders…your champions…and, this week, make the time to write them each a handwritten note of thanks for all that they do. Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is…what are you doing for others?” This week, remind your champions that their voice, their commitment and dedication to your mission that impacts others has great meaning and value. That it makes a real difference and that we are grateful.
by: Susanna Decker, Senior Consultant HUB Philanthropic Solutions