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Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Volunteering

Y Volunteer Perry Moody directing young athletes at the Family Y's 2012 Strong Kids Triathlon.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Volunteering is part of the Y’s DNA. At Ys across the country, more than half a million people donate their time and talents in a variety of capacities. Whether serving on the board of directors or timekeeping at a Water Rat swim meet (and everything in between), the Y relies on volunteers to make an impact in communities.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 21, the Westport Weston Family Y encourages residents of in our community to honor Dr. King’s legacy by not only giving back and supporting our neighbors, but by reflecting on how each of us can further activate the passion for contributing to the community that lasts all year long.

But what does it mean to volunteer? Volunteering means more than giving your time to an organization or cause and then getting back to your life. It is about helping others, contributing to our communities and helping ourselves as well. A recent Gallup poll showed that 9 out of 10 people said they receive an emotional boost from doing kind things for other people. When activated, that kind of emotional boost from contributing to the community goes from something you do to a part of who you are.

Across the country, the Y helps individuals give back and assist their neighbors by offering volunteer opportunities and programs that help strengthen community. Each of our volunteers’ selflessness and willingness to roll up their sleeves to give back helps improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids, adults and families. We’re grateful for each and every one of them and we hope you’ll join their ranks, at the Y, your church or other nonprofit service organization.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the perfect time to get into a volunteer routine, to help others and yourself. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Westport Weston Family Y, please contact Sally Silverstein at 203-226-8981, ext. 118, or