MLK Day celebrated; spirit of volunteerism promoted


On the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the role of Americorps and other volunteers during these difficult times was emphasized.

On Monday morning, a virtual proclamation signing was held recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all and the spirit of volunteerism.

In 1994, Congress designated the MLK holiday as a national day of volunteer service and charged AmeriCorps with leading this effort.

Peter Barcinas, Serve Guam Commission chairperson, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio spoke about volunteerism and service during the virtual proclamation signing ceremony.

Barcinas said Americorps members have been called to serve in many ways during the pandemic.

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“Examples include, in the public health front, the volunteers in our AmeriCorps members, dealing with logistic issues, supporting registration, data collection, and other support services, especially extending help to our senior citizens,” Barcinas said.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said: “It is exactly the legacy of what Dr. Martin Luther King has proceeded to do. He was very vocal and a strong activist in the ’50s and ’60s for social justice … for hope in the community.”

Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio also commended Americorp members who participated in Public Health’s COVID-19 response from training to contact tracing.

MLK Day offers an opportunity for Americans to give back to their communities and make an ongoing commitment to service throughout the year.