“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The legacy left behind by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a legacy of selflessness and impact. AmeriCorps MLK Week of Service embodied the legacy through providing us the opportunity to work on homeowner’s projects, introducing us to local politicians, allowing fellowship, sharing the history of New Orleans and making us feel a part of the community that we were serving. To experience culture, community, and connection at The MLK Week of Service with my AmeriCorps family was an eye-opening experience that expanded my horizon.
During this week of service, I was able to work on two homes, we had lunch with a politician and different dinners for fellowship. On the first home, I was assigned to I assisted with the cleaning of the front porch and the homeowner shared his experience with Hurricane Katrina with me and Autumn from Rebuilding Together Tacoma. His story sheds light on the strength a community has to have to survive and rebuild after a natural disaster. The second home I was assigned to I got the opportunity to learn about proper care for removing led paint, and repaint an entire home. The homeowner shared so much wisdom with Indya from Rebuilding Together Nashville and I, about how to be a God-fearing woman, how to be a wife, her experiences of life, why it was important to always be kind to others and how not let anyone or anything change your kind heart. The homeowner, Indya and I sat down and had coffee and decided that all the advice she had given us would be coined as ‘Life Gems’, things we would keep in our hearts to always strive for better.
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life, is what is important” Martin Luther King Jr., this quote reminded that even though this position as an AmeriCorps member is short, I need to remember to always pour my all into this for the sake of leaving a quality impact on all the homeowners I encounter on this journey. Remembering to be patient, understanding, kind and open to everyone’s outlook on life will continue to make this world a better place. I wholeheartedly enjoyed my time at MLK Week of Service. I could not be more grateful for all the homeowners who saw something special in me to share their stories or more proud of all the AmeriCorps members who took the term seriously and engaged with a powerful intent to make a change.