Embracing the Spirit of Service: Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

By: Erin Porteous

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. is an icon and hero to many, including myself. Decades later, his teachings and actions continue to resonate profoundly with people in every corner of the world. Through his work, Dr. King emphasized the significance of giving back and tirelessly advocated for equality and justice. One of his many powerful statements, "The time is always right to do what is right" remains a guiding beacon for myself and my role as a leader.    

Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor his legacy as we have for three years, by engaging in acts of service that extend our reach beyond our Clubs, collaborating with partners and community members to create connections and build a stronger community. Our team of 200+ passionate members harness their collective effort to address Dr. King’s fundamental question: “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” - embodying the essence of community connection and social responsibility.

Project Angel Heart 

Staff decorate bags that are used to transport meals to clients.

Food Bank of the Rockies 

Staff support stocking and distribution at the Food Bank of the Rockies.

Mile High United Way - Senior Pen Pals 

Staff create cards to be delivered to various nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Metro Denver area. 

Scrub a Club

Staff support our Clubs by deep cleaning to ensure Club kids have safe, clean, and fun spaces.

Our Day of Service stands as a testament to our commitment to extending hope and support beyond our organization. Through initiatives like these, we aim to effect positive change across our city to make a tangible difference in Metro Denver's diverse neighborhoods and cultivate resilient communities. 

 In the spirit of Dr. King's words, I am deeply grateful for the unwavering dedication of the individuals within our Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver community. Your volunteer hours, financial contributions, and commitment to our Club kids serve as shining examples of the transformative power of service. 

 As Dr. King rightly proclaimed, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Each act of service, no matter how small, contributes to a collective effort towards a more equitable and compassionate society. 

 On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day and every day, I encourage you to respond to his timeless call to service, fostering connections, embracing diversity, and building a stronger, more inclusive community together. 

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