Susan Rice lauds MLK Day volunteers and
National Security Advisor Susan Rice praised the service of young volunteers—and World Vision—during a visit to a youth center in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
About 40 current and former members of AmeriCorps, along with a few homeless youth, assembled 300 World Vision food kits and 120 personal hygiene kits at the Latin American Youth Center. The center will distribute the kits to homeless youth living in its transitional housing network in the D.C. area.
Rice, a member of President Obama’s cabinet and the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the young volunteers that their commitment to serving others was "fantastic."
"We have a National Day of Service, but every day is a day of service in whatever you are doing—where you're working, what you're doing with your family, how you’re participating in your schools and your community centers," she said.
Rice also gave thanks to World Vision, "not only for what you commit here in the United States, but I've seen so much of the good work that World Vision does overseas in some of the toughest parts of the world."
In addition to homeless youth, the Latin American Youth Center serves low-income young people and their families with educational and social services. World Vision has partnered with the center since 2007, said Michael Worsley, engagement officer in the Washington, D.C., area for World Vision's U.S. Programs.
World Vision has provided supplies for the center's afterschool programs at low-income schools and clothing, personal hygiene products, and household cleaning supplies for families of students.
Lori Kaplan, executive director of the Latin American Youth Center, was pleased that World Vision helped her organization make "a successful presentation and effort on behalf of homeless youth" at the recent MLK Day event, Worsley said.
Rice reinforced that spirit of service as she spoke to the young volunteers.
"We need to keep it up 365 days a year, not just MLK Day, as I know you all know," she said. "Because if you didn't, you wouldn't be here."