Portland, OR. Bank of America employees and their families spent the day repackaging food at the Oregon Food Bank. Volunteers from Pacific Power and local community members also joined in the efforts. Corporate volunteers at the Portland and Beaverton locations packed more than 100,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of 83,000 meals.
Americans across the country served in food banks, in schools, in hospitals and outdoors.
About the national holiday:
“Dr. King’s life is a shining example that one person can make a difference and change the course of history,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “By volunteering in communities across the nation on the MLK Day of Service, we honor his legacy through the spirit of service. I am honored to serve alongside the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are turning their passion into action and giving back, and I am convinced that the day will inspire many to make volunteering part of their lives all year long.”
In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, and charged CNCS with leading this effort. Participants in the agency’s AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs are leading and joining in projects across the country. Americans may visit MLKDay.gov to find a service project for MLK Day or a year-round volunteer opportunity in their own community.