Days of Service
HandsOn New Orleans honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating, annually, in the national King Days of Service. Sparked by a 1994 piece of Congressional legislation, the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) has transformed Martin Luther King Jr. Day from a day off of work or school into a day of service. With the motto “Make it a day on, not a day off,” citizens throughout the nation are encouraged to spend the day transforming their community through volunteerism.
HandsOn New Orleans has expanded the King Day of Service into over a week of volunteer opportunities for New Orleanians and visitors alike. HandsOn New Orleans organizes, coordinates, and publicizes dozens of service projects, in the days leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
HandsOn New Orleans, through coordination with partnering nonprofits and organizations, creates and distributes a service project calendar to encourage volunteering and connect volunteers to projects throughout the Greater New Orleans area. HandsOn New Orleans also plans and leads its own day of service to commemorate the King Day of Service.
Each spring, HandsOn New Orleans commemorates its founding as the volunteer center for New Orleans through a day of service and celebration. Known as HandsOn New Orleans Day, the annual event engages both local and visiting volunteers in neighborhood revitalization projects and introduces volunteers to the useful programs and services provided to the community through HandsOn New Orleans.
Each HandsOn New Orleans Day focuses its efforts upon a single neighborhood or community in need of revitalization. The most recent HandsOn New Orleans Day saw nearly 200 volunteers work to beautify and clean up Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East. After the clean-up, HandsOn New Orleans staff and community volunteers shared lunch together and discussed the programs and services provided by the organization.
Make a Difference Day is a national day of service, held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, that encourages neighbors to help neighbors. Make a Difference Day was founded by USA Weekend magazine in 1992, and it has grown into one of the largest community service effort in the nation. HandsOn New Orleans annually commemorates Make a Difference Day by leading a day of service to assist neighborhoods in need of revitalization.