Tuesday, July 23, 2024

NORWESCAP Honors MLK Day With Month of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Northwest Community Action Program (Norwescap) and AmeriCorps have teamed up for the National Day of Service for the entire month of January.

Norwescap has been serving Northwestern New Jersey since 1965. Founded under President Lyndon Johnson’s administration in an effort to wage a “War on Poverty,” and fueled by the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Norwescap mission is to “Strengthen communities by creating opportunities that improve the lives of low-income individuals and families, and our vision is to help build a community that transforms poverty into opportunity.”

King, who was assassinated in 1968, was known as a hero in the United States for his nonviolent activism against racial inequality and injustice. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day an official federal holiday and honor King’s legacy.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a National Day of Service and the only federal holiday dedicated to volunteerism. Americans observe the day through acts of civic and community service to honor King and help their communities.

Norwescap, known for helping people and families in need throughout New Jersey with access to education, employment, energy needs, food assistance, housing and community development, will be collecting staple items for food pantries throughout Warren, Sussex, Hunterdon, Morris, and Somerset Counties.

To join Norwescap and AmeriCorps in this important effort, you can drop off much-needed food staples at locations found here.

Cybele Tamulonis
Cybele Tamulonis, Contributing Writer

Cybele is a writer and editor with more than 16 years in the publishing industry. An avid reader, you can usually find her with the latest new book release from the local library. She currently resides on a farm in Hardwick with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction specific to New Jersey.