Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of service
United Way functions on the belief that every person in every community should have access to opportunities for good health, education, and the ability to create stable lives for themselves and their families. We recognize the challenges inherent in these tasks and believe that only by working together – building partnerships throughout our communities – can we truly make an impact.
As we approach Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we recall his emphasis on the importance of community and service to that community.
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality,” he said during Oberlin College’s commencement ceremony in June 1965.
Through United Way of Williamson County’s Volunteer Center, you can make a lasting impact on your community in a way that best fits your life. Whether you enjoy sharing your love of reading with a young student, crunching numbers to help people keep their hard-earned money at tax time, or digging around in the dirt to help plant a community garden, odds are there’s a project that can use your help.
So, in honor of Monday’s holiday, we leave you with these words from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”