The MLK Day of Service inspired hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to make 2014 the start of a Year of Citizen Action. Citizens in all 50 states delivered meals, refurbished schools and community centers, and collected food and clothing. Volunteers also recruited mentors, supported job-seekers, built homes and provided other services for veterans and military families, and helped citizens improve their financial literacy skills.
In Washington D.C., President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters joined AmeriCorps members to prepare meals at the D.C. Central Kitchen. Vice President Joe Biden joined AmeriCorps members of the Catholic Volunteer Network to serve hot lunch to guests at So Others Might Eat in Washington, D.C. Other cabinet secretaries and senior officials serving on MLK Day included Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewel. In addition, the leaders of Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, USAID, the U.S. Trade Representative, and ONDCP rolled up their sleeves to help local organizations that are doing great work for families across the city.