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This January 20, 2014 during the annual MLK Day of Service, the MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab will empower organizations and community members in Washington, DC to continue advancing Dr. King’s dream. Organized by DC Social Innovation Project, IMPACT, and Taproot Foundation DC, the MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab will bring together skilled volunteers, community members, and local organizations for a day of impact through pro bono service.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off”. The MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab will provide a meaningful opportunity for DC-area organizations and individuals to share skills and work together to advance Dr. King’s dream of opportunity for all.

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Skilled volunteers will be matched with selected organizations to assist with a pre-defined pro bono project in the areas of design and marketing, human resources, IT, and strategy. Community members interested in launching or growing a community program will be matched with experts in the non-profit sector who will provide advice and guidance.

Community members can sign-up to meet for up to an hour with an expert. Organizations can sign-up for a specific need and work with a skilled volunteer during the event and during the days following the event. This event will take place at Meridian International Center (1624 Crescent Place NW, Washington, DC 20009). Click here for directions.

How can organizations and community members get involved?

Nonprofit organizations and community members interested in being matched with skilled volunteers or consultants must apply no later than Sunday, January 12, 2014. Organizations interested in participating must serve DC residents and operate programs that advance Dr. King’s dream of opportunity for all.

In addition to attending the event on January 20th (beginning tentatively at 10:00am), the organization must be available to continue working with the volunteer(s) during that week to complete the pro bono project. Pro bono projects must be in the areas of design and marketing, human resources, IT, or strategy consulting. Community members may either have an idea for a new program or be looking to improve an existing community program. To apply, complete this form: http://tinyurl.com/DreamLabReg

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Individuals with skills in the areas of design and marketing, human resources, IT, and strategy consulting are encouraged to sign-up as volunteers. Your commitment will be to join us on January 20th (beginning tentatively at 10:00am), and be available during that week to complete the pro bono project as needed. Refreshments, gratitude, and a unique opportunity to make a difference will be provided.

To sign-up as a volunteer, complete this form: http://tinyurl.com/DreamLabReg

Other Questions?

For questions about participating as an organization to receive pro bono assistance, contact lola@taprootfoundation.org. For questions about volunteering, contact Brandon.Andrews@impact-dc.com. For all other questions, contact darius@dcsocialinnovation.org.

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