“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When legislation was signed in 1983 making Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday, Congress also tasked a federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, with leading an effort to make the commemoration not just another holiday, but to make it a “day on, not a day off” where people across the U.S. would gather in their communities to volunteer and serve together.
According to the agency, the annual MLK Day of Service is “intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community.’”
This year, NetApp sites across the U.S. gathered groups of volunteers to participate in the Day On for the first time. Organized events took place in Sunnyvale, RTP, and Wichita with joint sponsorship from NetApp Serves and the newly formed site chapters of NetApp Network of Blacks in Technology (NNBT).
Lisa Melsted develops culture strategies and content for NetApp’s Employee Engagement team. A tech industry veteran with more than 15 years’ experience in various communications and marketing roles, she holds Master’s degrees in Creative Non-Fiction from Emerson College and English from the University of Iowa. She has also written articles about technology for publications such as Forbes BrandVoice and TechPageOne.