Last January, more than 100 Schweitzer Fellows, Fellows for Life, and their friends took part in service projects over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend as part of our inaugural Hats on for Service campaign.
Wearing free Albert Schweitzer Fellowship caps, they cooked and served meals to people who are homeless in Connecticut; volunteered at free health clinics in Chicago and Vermont; conducted Hepatitis B screenings in California; planted a garden in San Francisco; and packed meals on wheels in Columbus among many other fun and fulfilling projects.
Once again, we invite you—and a friend!—to participate in Hats on for Service the weekend of Jan. 16-18 to celebrate MLK Day and Albert Schweitzer’s birthday, January 14.
You can find a service day event in your area here. Identify yourself as a member of ASF by wearing a Schweitzer cap—we’ll supply you with two (one for you and one for your friend!) when you click here to register!
The connection between Dr. King and Dr. Schweitzer is deeper than simply sharing the same birthday month. Dr. King was inspired by Dr. Schweitzer: In 1957, when speaking about the need to find a greater cause that makes life meaningful, King offered Schweitzer as an example saying, “Albert Schweitzer…looks at men in dark Africa who have been the victims of colonialism and imperialism and there he give his life to that. He objectifies himself in this great cause.”
What better way could there be to honor the lifelong commitment to service that both of these great leaders shared than by doing a volunteer project in your community? That’s what Hats on for Service is all about.
Please share your experience on social media with Facebook posts, tweets, and photos using the hashtag #MyMottoIsService.