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Volunteering Opportunities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Those who would like to volunteer for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will find opportunities via MLKDay.gov You can locate service opportunities within your state using keywords and selecting a state from the drop-down box. Options are also available to register individual projects/organizations. Marketing resources can be accessed through the website. A press release from MLKDay.gov states that Colin Powell inaugurated a new website, USAService.org which has been “created by the Presidential Inaugural Committee where Americans can find volunteer opportunities for the January 19 King Holiday or sign up to host a local event.”

Congressional Committees Project

Note: News of this project was originally posted on the govdoc-l list.

The Congressional Committees Project is a wiki who’s main goal is to “facilitate participatory democracy by encouraging an informed citizenry through the advocacy of legislative transparency and the gathering of legislative information.” Contributors are asked to organize information on committees, and to share resources and information. Although this is hosted on the wiki section of dailykos, a democratically partisan blog, the project is deliberately *non-partisan* and “does not imply the endorsement of daily kos or its creators.” I’m adding this to our list of remixes.

This would be a very valuable project for govt documents librarians to get involved in. After all, who better than docs librarians to know about the workings of the US government and to share that information! To get the ball rolling, I just edited the section on the House Committee on Science, noting the name change because of Deb Liptak’s post earlier today about that news!!

[Thanks to Patrice McDermott, director of Open the Government for originally posting to the list!]