Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday


MY HERO honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service celebrated the third Monday of January. This federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through public service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, inspires solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.


Teri Gabrielsen

By: Wendy Jewell from The MY HERO Project
Teri Gabrielsen founded Africa Schools of Kenya.

Craig Kielburger

By: Jane Wallace
Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and activist for children who co-founded Free The Children, WE Villages, WE Schools, WE Day and ME to WE.

MacGillivray Family

MacGillivray Family founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation.

Dr. Jeni Stepanek

By: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Dr. Jeni Stepanek is interviewed by MY HERO's Slater Jewell-Kemker.

Bruno Serato

By: Joanne Tawfilis
Bruno Serato is a chef who feeds 300 children at his restaurant every night, 7 nights a week. Everyone of us. Everywhere. Connected.

By: Wendy Jewell Everyone of us. Everywhere. Connected. launched to provide internet access to the two thirds of people around the world who are not connected.

Frances Moore Lappe

By: Kathy Crockett <br>My Hero
Frances Moore Lappe works to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

Kendall Ciesemier

By: Kaycee from San Diego
Kendall Ciesemier is an inspiring youth volunteer who founded Kids Caring 4 Kids.

Funkor Child Art Center

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine
Funkor Child Art Center works with many national and international organizations around the world to provide children with art and books.

Art Miles Mural Project

By: Kevin Metz<br> <i>Hero Magazine</i> Staff Writer
Art Miles Mural Project uses art to create a more peaceful global community.

Vivienne Harr

By: Sue Glader
Vivienne Harr founded Make a Stand Lemon-aid to raise fund for organizations that fight child slavery.

Hannah Taylor

By: Madison from Canada
Hannah Taylor started the Ladybug Foundation to help the homeless in her community.

Austin Gutwein

By: Lindsey from Palmer, Massachusetts
Austin Gutwein founded Hoops of Hope.

Rowena Gerber

By: Wendy Jewell
Rowena Gerber and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.

Jimmy Carter

By: Sherry Lansing
Jimmy Carter For as long as she can remember, Sherry Lansing has considered President Carter her hero.

Danny Thomas

By: Sarah from San Diego
Danny Thomas is the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Rose Marie Thomas

By: Joy Wolf
Rose Marie Thomas donated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

By: Kathy Crockett
Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to raising awareness and creating opportunities for the intellectually disabled.

Bob Geldof

By: Tanisa from Victoria
Bob Geldof is known for his anti-poverty work for Africa and is a Nobel Prize nominee.

Rosalynn Carter

By: Katherine from Columbia
Rosalynn Carter is a humanitarian and former First lady who inspires others through her good works.

Craig Kielburger

By: Jerrilyn Jacobs
Craig Kielburger believes kids can change the world.

Marc Kielburger

By: Ceilidh from Peterborough
Marc Kielburger is a human rights activist who has dedicated his life to helping others.

Bono (Paul Hewson)

By: Alyssa from San Diego
Bono (Paul Hewson) is a musician, advocate for AIDS victims and a humanitarian.

Global Kids Leaders

Global Kids Leaders volunteer to help their schools and communities.

Bilaal Rajan

By: Sean from Richmond Hill
Bilaal Rajan is the founder of Making Change Now and Canada's child ambassador to UNICEF.

Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud

By: Wendy Jewell from The My Hero Project
Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud is teacher in Mexico who helps his students gain filmmaking skills.

Kathy Eldon overcame tragedy by helping others tackle challenges

By: Marilyn Jones<br> Contributor of The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>Permi...
Kathy Eldon inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.

Jorge Muñoz

By: Daniel Chávez
Jorge Muñoz prepares and delivers meals to the hungry in Queens, New York.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

By: Jane Wallace
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe works to end violence and sexual exploitaton in Uganda

Jon Rose

By: David Kelly
Jon Rose founded Waves for Water, which works on the front-line to provide clean water.

Marcus Samuelsson

By: Jane Wallace from New York
Marcus Samuelsson is an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef and restaurant owner who focuses on the food needs of the world.

Kathy Eldon

By: Wendy Jewell
Kathy Eldon inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.

Cameron Sinclair

By: David Kemker
Cameron Sinclair is the founder of Architecture for Humanity, which brings services to communities in need.

Jon Rose

By: Laylan Connelly, <br><a href="
Jon Rose founded Waves for Water, which works on the front-line to provide clean water.

Alex Hill

Alex Hill helped to bring medical supplies to a Ugandan village.


By: Demi
Equest integrates academic, social and physical skills, using the horse as a catalyst.

Mory Sanberg

Mory Sanberg makes bag lunches for the homeless people in her city.

AP and other media stories

National Day of Service calls on Americans to help others

By: Gregory M. Lamb <br> Staff Writer of The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>P...
On Saturday Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C., as well as around the United States, a National Day of Service will find Americans volunteering in myriad ways to serve others.

Barbara Harrell-Bond gives refugees what they say they need most - legal aid

By: Stell Simonton <br> Contributor of <br>The Christian Science Monitor <h5>Per...
The tiny Fahamu Refugee Programme has an ambitious goal: provide lawyers and advocates around the world with the legal resources they need to win a refugee's case.

Bill Gross

By: David Karas <br> Contributor of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>Pe...
Bill Gross helps farm families in need through Farm Rescue.

Bob Hansman's inner-city art
program became so much more

By: Marjorie Kehe<br> Staff writer of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>...
Bob Hansman started a "back porch art club," he says, he viewed it as a small kindness to some neighborhood kids. He had no idea that it would change the course of his life.

Chad Houser cooked up a café to give young offenders a second chance

By: David Conrads <br> Correspondent of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h...
Chad Houser at Café Momentum in Dallas former juvenile offenders learn valuable life skills.

Chelsea and Rob McFarland

By: Daniel B. Wood<br> Staff Writer of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5...
Chelsea and Rob McFarland lure people into a sweet science: urban beekeeping.

Deb Socia helps the disadvantaged learn essential computer skills

By: Jenna Fisher<br> Correspondent of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>...

Gerard and Beatrice Barras

By: Jerry Lanson <br> Contributor of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>P...
Gerard and Beatrice Barras reopened a wool mill and helped save a town.

Lincolnville, Maine it took a community to build a library

By: David Hugh Smith <br> Correspondent of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br>...
Scores of people from Lincolnville, Maine, contributed their materials, labor, and know-how to create a privately funded library.

Leila Janah helps people in the developing world find work – near home

By: Carolyn Abate <br> Contributor of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>...
Leila Janah's Samasource breaks down complicated data-processing projects into small steps that can be done remotely on PCs in countries like Ghana, Uganda, and Haiti.

Leslie Hawke helps Roma children get an education

By: Kit Gillet<br>Correspondent of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>Per...
Leslie Hawke cofounded OvidiuRo, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping severely impoverished children in Romania succeed in school.

Linda Rottenberg helps people pursue dreams - and create thousands of jobs

By: David Karas<br> Correspondent of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>P...
Linda Rottenberg , the chief executive of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit group that gives a leg up to budding entrepreneurs.

Lisa Fitzpatrick dropped everything and started a New Orleans youth center

By: Mark Guarino<br> Staff writer <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>Perm...
Lisa Fitzpatrick quit her job, sold her possessions, including her home, and dedicated her resources, energy, and time to New Orleans' most neglected youths.

Vy Higginsen

By: Jane Wallace
Vy Higginsen brings gospel music to at risk teens.

Micah Clark

By: Gail Wood <br> Correspondent of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>Pe...
Micah Clark offers injured vets an outdoor challenge - and new friendships

Nalini Shekar put aside retirement to help India's waste pickers

By: Elizabeth Soumya <br> Contributor of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <...
Nalini Shekar has organized lowly waste pickers wandering the streets into a cohesive group of waste-management professionals.

'Pay for success' social-impact bonds help train ex-convicts

By: Jed Horowitz<br>Reuters<br> <h5>Permission to use this material<br> was gran...
Social-impact bonds offer investors a more direct connection between the dollars they invest and the impact they have on a social problem.

Peter Schumann's puppets speak out on big issues

By: David Dudley <br> Contributor of <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>P...
Peter Schumann, as a boy, carried his hand puppets with him when he fled the Russians. Now he's one of the foremost practitioners of experimental puppet theater in the world.

Sam Bracken's Orange Duffel Bag project helps at-risk former foster kids

By: Patrik Jonsson<br> Staff Writer for <br>The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h...
Sam Bracken, himself a former foster child, started Orange Duffel Bag to offer life coaching and other help to teens dealing with the challenges of homelessness or foster care.

"TheDream.US" fund scholarship program to aid immigrants

By: Kimberly Hefling<br> Associated Press<br> <h5>Permission to use this materia...
"TheDream.US" fund has about 2,000 'Dreamer' students are expected to have their tuition, fees, and books paid for with scholarship funds.


Helping hands for Haiti

By: Morgan Curry

Helping Hands

By: Ali of Laguna Beach High School

Farmers Feeding the World

By: AgWeb

Environment - Life in the Clean Water and Air

By: Yasutomikita Elementary School in Japan and W.H. Day Elementary School in Ca...

Lily Yeh

By: Robert Shetterly

The Eco Tree

By: Umcebo Trust Crafters - South Africa




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Producer: Diane Namm
Young Vivienne Harr was deeply affected by the story of children suffering from human trafficking. So she founded Make a Stand Lemon-aid to raise fund for organizations that fight child slavery.

Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill

Producer: Lynne Cherry
Young Olivia loves birds, and creates over 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon's bird rescue.

Eco-Warriors: Guardians of Surf

Producer: James Pribram
Activist Surfer makes a difference in protecting the ocean.

Commit to our Earth

Producer: The Dream Team
Fifth graders commit to helping the environment.

Alex Epstein: The Power of Volunteering

Producer: The Institute for Advancing Unity/The Working Group
A young man becomes an activist when his fellow citizens suffer from a national disaster.

Jon Rose - Humanitarian Hero

Producer: Tom Aiello of HURLEY International
Humanitarian Jon Rose brings clean water to the people of Haiti.

Niger '66 - A Peace Corps Diary [Trailer]

Producer: Judy Irola
A collective story from five Peace Corps Volunteers.

People of Dogs

Producer: CLAW

Story of CLAW, an organization dedicated to caring for the animals of the poor in South Africa. Story of CLAW, an organization dedicated to caring for the animals of the poor in South Africa. Story of CLAW, an organization dedicated to caring for the animals of the poor in South Africa. Story of CLAW, an organization dedicated to caring for the animals of the poor in South Africa. Story of CLAW, an organization dedicated to caring for the animals of the poor in South Africa.

VOSH - Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity
Producer: Michael Bloom
VOSH provides free medical care to impoverished communities around the world.

Lost and Found [Trailer]

Producer: Sandy Cummings
'Lost and Found' is about a couple, former teachers from Oregon. who travel to Uganda on a whim and fall in love with a group of orphans who would turn their world upside-down.

Home Again

Producer: Roger Harvey, Scott Hays
A special portrait of an inspiring cause.


Survivors of 9-11 worked to raise funds for the survivors of Katrina in New York City.

Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone

Producer: Skip Blumberg
A post-9/11 portrait of a young girl who baked and served cookies to the workers coming and going to the World Trade Center site.
First aired on WGBH and Zoom's program America's Kids Respond


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