MLK Day: 8,500 Volunteers Shine

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 07:30

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

(Photo: Young volunteers in Central New Jersey bake cookies for Hurricane Sandy victims. Courtesy of

HOPE worldwide volunteers have spoken with their hard work rather than just words to promote the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Volunteers in the Northeast witnessed the lingering devastation and emotional toll from Super Storm Sandy and connected victims with resources. Other volunteers took to the streets to help reduce deaths and injuries from home fires, our nation’s top disaster threat. While some Chapters found creative ways to serve such as preparing meals and conducting beautification projects in low income neighborhoods.

HOPE worldwide was one of 100 U.S. charities chosen by the President's Inaugural Committee to present our organization's work on the National Mall in Washington, DC on MLK Day. Pamela Luckett, Chapter Director, and the Mid Atlantic Chapter headed up efforts for our organization along with support from the Northern and Southern Virginia Chapters.

More than 8,500 volunteers served over 54,200 hours in 24 states through 148 projects coordinated by HOPE worldwide Chapters, American Red Cross, partnering chapters and six organizations who were awarded grants from HOPE worldwide through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Be inspired. Go to to watch videos, read stories and the full report from HOPE worldwide Chapters and our partners across the U.S.



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