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MLK DAY 2024 | Why Do You Serve?

MLK Day (January 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Day) is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. During the last quarter-century, the MLK Day of Service has grown, and its impact increased as more Americans embraced the idea that citizenship involves taking an active role in improving communities.


As an AmeriCorps Sponsor, Souris Basin Planning Council Invites You To:

  • Engage with your community and create constructive action.

  • Act on Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and equity.

  • Recommit by volunteering to serve others. You can clean up a public space, mentor a young person, or help those who are food insecure.




In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy,

SBPC Community Builder Program's members, alumni, and staff created 50 diaper bundles for Ward County families experiencing diapering need. Due to recent events in our community and the sudden closure of North Dakota's only diaper bank, diapering need for low-income families has become an urgent need.


When we asked our MLK Day of Service group to reflect on "why do they serve?" this is how they responded:


I really love the ability my service terms have given me to continue helping my community and the organizations I love. I don't have to choose between supporting my community and working more to put money away for college.

Second-Term State AmeriCorps Member


I serve because it allows me to use my brain and talents in a meaningful way.

Non profit professional


I serve because I enjoy seeing the faces of those in our community light up when they receive the help they need. I also enjoy learning and developing my soft skills through my service so I can use them in many areas of life, not just in my service.

VISTA AmeriCorps Member


My AmeriCorps service was an important part of how I got to where I am in my career today. Through my service, I was able to explore an interest in marketing and promoting local food and products while trying to figure out my path after college.

AmeriCorps State Alumni


Local foods and access to them is important to me. Living in a rural area I know first hand the difficulties. As a farmer, I felt like I was walking away from something I am passionate about. I am serving so I can still be involved in that work. I know how hard this is to do in North Dakota. I want to help make that easier for other farmers.

VISTA AmeriCorps Member



To learn more about Souris Basin's Community Builder Program, AmeriCorps, and how you can serve your community, click here.

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