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Obama says “Everybody’s going to have to pitch in” on MLK Day

January 19, 2009

Barack Obama urged Americans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering. In support of this Starbucks launched  “I’m In” (video above in the The Girl Effect style that my colleagues at See3 find tiresome).

I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to connect would-be volunteers with programs that need volunteers to teach English. I’ve been reading lately about the Contact Hypothesis and wondering if more Americans would change their minds on immigration reform if they actually personally knew more immigrants. Volunteering to teach English might be one way (or visiting someone in detention).

I’m talking to my colleagues about compiling a list of nonprofits looking for volunteer English teachers and help disseminate the info. Stay tuned for details!

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