On January 19th, President Obama is asking all citizens to participate in a tradition his family started in 2009, and spend the day doing service work in communities across the country. This newly recognized event is being called a National Day of Service, and it takes place just days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which served as the inspiration for the holiday.
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has recently taken it upon herself to advocate for the cause by encouraging citizens to rally together to volunteer and take action:
“When I was growing up, both my parents and grandparents instilled a commitment to service in me,” Clinton said in a statement provided to The Associated Press by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “They taught me that helping our neighbors and serving our community were essential parts of being a good citizen and a good person.”
Service strengthens communities as people become invested to helping others in their neighborhoods. When individuals and families get together to benefit a cause or help in service programs it creates an atmosphere of togetherness, solidarity in the community.
The Bay Area Christian Church believes in helping and serving our communities all across the Bay Area. We have been serving the community over thirteen years year round through our “E,” Exceptional Children’s Programs, such as E-Soccer.
This Saturday we invite you to join us at our E-Soccer program. E-Soccer is an all-volunteer, inclusive soccer program where typical and special needs children aged 5 and up participate alongside each other in an inclusive environment. E-Soccer’s founder, Russ Ewell, began the program to help his two sons with special needs learn to build peer relationships while learning to play soccer. From there, E-Soccer grew into what it is today. We are dedicated to empowering children of all abilities to reach their full athletic and social potential. For those who will participate this weekend our hope is that this Saturday only marks the beginning of a lifelong commitment to doing good in our communities.
If you’re interested in participating in National Service Day by volunteering at E-Soccer, you can sign up online on the National Day of Service website. If you’re looking for more ways to volunteer, you can also use the site to check out other community service events taking place in your area.