A day of service is a fitting tribute to one of the most influential people of the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s legacy will surely live on for centuries to come. He showed the world how to lead by example and with tremendous grace.
The Greater Philadelphia region is home to the largest King Day event in the nation. This 21st celebration will include community clean-up projects, recreation center restorations, clothing drives, food donation packing and distribution, a job fair and workshop opportunities. The city’s cultural and historical institutions are planning special discounted rates along with tributes to Dr. King.
Local Volunteer Opportunities
In Bucks and Montgomery Counties there are numerous ways to participate. Community clean-up activities, fund-raisers, and food/clothing drives are being held throughout the area. In Norristown, you can take part in painting and cleaning the Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC). The Montgomery County OIC is a member of a 44 center national network that serves the community through education and training programs as well as before and after school care.
In Bucks County, the Heritage Conservancy is coordinating area residents to clean-up the Bristol Marsh Nature Reserve. According to the Conservancy, this vital waterway “is a rare and important freshwater tidal marsh, one of the few remaining freshwater tidal marshes along the Delaware, receiving water from the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean.” Keeping the marsh clean keeps debris out of the surrounding waterways and protects the rare plant species in the area.
Service and Leadership Throughout the Year
The principles of Dr. King should be a daily part of our lives. In one of his speeches Dr. King said, “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.”
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.” Dr.ML King— The Rodon Group (@rodongroup) January 12, 2016
This interconnectedness is at the heart of leadership, and at Rodon, we witness this kind of leadership within our manufacturing and STEM communities. We are inspired by the dedication of teachers who work tirelessly to advance the education and experience of their students. We engage with many companies who contribute to their local communities and train the workforce of tomorrow. And we know of many Rodon employees who willingly care for others in their time of need.
In the bestselling book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, author Simon Sinek summed it up perfectly “The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. Great leaders truly care about those they are privileged to lead and understand that the true cost of the leadership privilege comes at the expense of self-interest.”