Every year, on the third Monday in January, our nation celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2018, this day of recognition fell on January 15 — the day which would have been his 89th birthday. King once famously said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” Citizens throughout the country have taken to service in his honor. Recently, JLNO has opened up numerous Diaper Bank shifts on MLK Day to provide opportunities to “be great” and serve our community. We have encouraged members to share their stories of service as a way of remembering King’s nonviolent leadership with the Civil Rights Movement in America. Be inspired by these philanthropic members in our organization:

Active Mae Emma Hill is an inaugural member of the Streetcar Strutters, a women’s marching krewe working on various community service projects. Since 2017, the Strutters have partnered with the Animal Rescue of New Orleans and LASPCA, Walk to Defeat ALS, New Orleans Family Justice Center and more, “to celebrate, promote, and aid in the welfare of our community through various community service projects as well as raise awareness of the challenges and issues facing our beloved furry friends in the animal community.”

Sustainer Jessie Schott Haynes volunteers with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, serving as a trustee, chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee; she is also the managing director of the Helis Foundation, which funds a significant number of educational programs and exhibits for the Ogden. Jessie very much enjoys working to expand the Ogden’s diverse audience by supporting appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. She attributes “so much of the board and governance experience to my time as a Junior League member.”

MLK Volunteer Day

Holly Paczak, Heather Doyle and Anna Kornick lend a hand sorting diapers for MLK Day of Service. Photo provided by: Anna Kornick