"Unlike past calls to service, President-elect Obama is asking Americans to do more than offer a single day of service to their communities, but to make an ongoing commitment." -- New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine (pictured)

New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells have joined President-elect Barack Obama in calling for renewed focus on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as a national day of service. The federal King Holiday and Service Act, signed in 1994, challenges Americans to transform the MLK holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King.

President-elect Obama and his family plan to take part in service activities on the day before the inauguration, and are urging participation in widespread volunteer initiatives across the country, such as serving meals to the homeless, cleaning schools and neighborhoods, or helping disadvantaged youth and the elderly.

"Unlike past calls to service, President-elect Obama is asking Americans to do more than offer a single day of service to their communities, but to make an ongoing commitment," said Gov. Corzine. "As a tribute to Dr. King's legacy, I urge New Jerseyans to take part by becoming a volunteer with one of the state's many worthy, charitable organizations."

The Governor's Office of Volunteerism and AmeriCorps, in the Department of State, are committed to increasing awareness of the need for volunteers statewide and simplifying the process of finding the most appropriate opportunity using a new, interactive volunteerism Web site. The site is designed to serve as the state's one-stop resource for individuals and organizations, facilitating communication and coordination efforts statewide.


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