Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Celebrating Nonprofits and Their Volunteers

“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most of us are intrigued by dreams. On that rare occasion when we remember a dream we had while sleeping, we might ask ourselves, “What was that all about?” or “Is there a message in my dream for me to act on?”

Then, there are “goal dreams,” which are light years ahead of night dreams or even daydreams. Goal dreams occur when we are awake. They might come to us while sipping our morning coffee, driving in traffic, listening to a tragic news story, or any number of other ways. Goal dreams get our juices flowing. They make us feel like, “if I do this, I can change the world!”

One of the greatest goal dreamers in our time was Martin Luther King, Jr. A pastor by trade, he managed to shake up a nation by bringing his dream of equality for all to the forefront of our consciousness. Yes, this is written clearer in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” But, somehow, nearly 200 years after our forefathers signed this infamous document, people were still not being treated properly. Martin Luther King, Jr. decided to take action.

On August 28, 1963, more than a quarter of a million people from all ethnicities and walks of life gathered to declare that it was time for our forefathers’ assertion to become a reality for all. This was the largest gathering of protesters in Washington, D.C.’s history up to that point. As the saying (almost) goes, “Dream it and they will come.”

For those dedicated to the nonprofit sector, turning dreams into realities might have been mixed into their baby food. Not everyone has the vision, passion, and energy to take action in hopes of a better world. By choosing to use your time to help friends, communities, and nations, you become part of a great historical team of leaders who took their dreams and created real solutions to real problems.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, communities all over the world participate in a “day of service” in honor of his legacy. Backed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the idea is to start the New Year off right by giving to those in need. This year’s date for service is January 17, 2022. Each year, more people participate. For many, volunteering on this day is a springboard for continuing a life of service, whether on an individual basis or through nonprofit organizations.

For those who are already nonprofit staff and volunteers, would like to take this opportunity to commend you for acting on your hopes and dreams. Though there may not yet be a day named after you, your efforts are still celebrated by those touched by your devotion. Surely, our dreams for a brighter future are materializing with every great deed you perform.  May all your dreams come true!

Libby Hikind

Libby Hikind is the founder and CEO of and the author of "The Queen of Grants: From Teacher to Grant Writer to CEO". Libby Hikind, began her grant writing career while working as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She wrote many grants for her classroom before raising millions for a Brooklyn school district. Throughout her professional career, she established her own grant writing agency in Staten Island with a fax newsletter for her clients of available grants. After retiring from teaching, Libby embraced the new technology and started GrantWatch. She then moved GrantWatch and her grant writing agency to Florida to enjoy her parents later years, and the rest is history. Today more than 230,000 people visit online, monthly.

One thought on “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Celebrating Nonprofits and Their Volunteers

  • October 20, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Very good blog post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.


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