Honoring the Legacy: Catholic Volunteer Network hosts MLK Day of Service Events Across the Country

Contact: Kate Flannery

 Communications Department

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January 22, 2013


On January 21st, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and contributions to our nation, Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) hosted service events on MLK Day across the country. By inviting current and former volunteers involved with the network to make their “day off a day on,” Catholic Volunteer Network rekindled the spirit of service in alumni and celebrated the work of those who have already dedicated part of their life to full-time service.

MLK Day of Service, the only federal holiday that is also a service day, honors the birth of a man whose combined words and actions have become symbols of freedom, equality, nonviolence, justice and love in our world.

“MLK Day is a great day to honor an American hero by emulating his service to our sisters and brothers in need,” explained Jim Lindsay, Executive Director of Catholic Volunteer Network.

The service events, followed by guided reflections and a shared meal, occurred at different times on January 21 in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Denver and St. Louis. A group also gathered solely for a reflection in Washington, D.C. on January 19th in light of the public presidential inauguration. The service opportunities included food preparation for the homeless through Andre House, working with children and helping create a community mural through the Salvation Army, kitchen work and food preparation for Open Arms, moving furniture and cleaning with Peace House, painting and maintenance of the Bishop Loughlin MHS school building, among others. All current and former Catholic Volunteer Network volunteers were invited in the spirit of service and fellowship to honor and continue Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Catholic Volunteer Network has been fostering this spirit of national service now for five decades, with 2013 marking the onset of the organization’s 50th anniversary. CVN is a consortium of over 200 domestic and international faith-based service programs dedicated to providing service opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages and skills. CVN also partners with AmeriCorps to offer grants for eligible programs that work with youth or address poverty issues in the United States. CVN AmeriCorps is part of the national service movement currently engaging Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to address our nation’s most critical problems. 

The network was also recently invited to be a partner organization in the Inaugural Committee’s National Day of Service events. After thorough review, CVN was selected to be featured as part of the National Day of Service Fair on the National Mall on January 19 because of their commitment to service.

The MLK Day of Service “empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community,” according to the official website. Catholic Volunteer Network honors these ideals not only on January 21 with their own MLK Day of Service Events, but every day by working for the promotion of service to create a more just, compassionate and peaceful world.

For more information on Catholic Volunteer Network’s Service Events, click here.

Established in 1963, Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) is the leading non-profit association for domestic and international volunteer programs. Currently, more than 18,000 volunteers serve in its member programs throughout the U.S. and in over 100 other countries worldwide. Its annual directory, RESPONSE, lists faith-based volunteer opportunities both domestically and overseas. For more information on Catholic Volunteer Network, service opportunities, or becoming a member program, please visit www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org