MLK Day of Service 2021





“Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. With the COVID-19 Pandemic raging on, the day will look a little different this year, but here at Abbott House, your help is needed more than ever.

One of the biggest challenges faced by families in our care is food insecurity. Many households that struggled to make ends meet prior to 2020 have become overwhelmed with expenses due to lost income, reduced unemployment benefits, increased childcare demands, and business shutdowns.

With your help we provided hundreds of families with Thanksgiving and Christmas meals over the holidays, but food insecurity exists all through the year – and it doesn’t always look the same. For some, it means choosing between spending money on groceries or on necessities like electricity or water. For others, it means relying on school lunch programs to feed their children at least one meal a day.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Abbott House for a fundraising dinner in 1965 and commended Abbott House for being “at the forefront of helping to establish wholeness of family life.” Every day we strive to live up to that faith in our organization, and accomplish it  only with the assistance of people like you. You share our passion to ensure the dignity of every individual in our care, and understand the powerful meaning of that mission within the context of our world today.  

Today, we invite you to support our Virtual Food Drive and join Abbott House in feeding families and individuals not only with food, but also with the kind of emotional support that inspires hope for promising futures.

Your donation will enable us to purchase grocery store gift cards and continue to provide ongoing intervention to keep them safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Thank you for honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by supporting this important 2021 Day of Service. Thank you for making a difference.

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Abbott House was established in the State of New York in 1963 as a 501 (c) (3) classification from the Internal Revenue Service and donations are tax deductible. A copy of our current financial statement is available on the Important Documents Page of this website.

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