Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by heeding his call to service.
Since before he was inaugurated, Barack Obama has urged people to turn #MLKday into a day of service—and millions have taken up the call. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has made serving tougher than usual, there are still safe ways to help out your neighbors.
The #OFCareChallenge art brought to life four simple ways to care for your community: checking in on a neighbor, supporting Black-owned businesses, taking part in a mutual-aid network, and volunteering.
Get to know the artists behind the illustrations at https://www.obama.org/covid-community-care/creative/
In his farewell address to the American people four years ago today, President Barack Obama returned home to Chicago and made one final ask: "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change—but in yours.”
This message became the cornerstone of the Obama Foundation and its mission to empower emerging leaders to change their communities. Join our work at Obama.org
“Whatever holes the pandemic tore even wider in our collective fabric, it was these emerging leaders who stepped forward to patch it.”
Check out David Simas’ end of year message and meet the Obama Foundation leaders who gave us hope in a year full of change.
Small-town plays can make a big difference—just ask one of our #ObamaFellows.
Through PlaceBase Productions, Ashley Hanson is shifting the narrative about what it means to live and work outside of big cities. Read more:
In Pennsylvania, Jenn and her grandsons stepped up to meet the #OFCareChallenge in the sweetest way. This Thanksgiving, they checked in on their neighbors who are frontline workers—and delivered homemade pies to their doorsteps.
From Paraguay to India to South Sudan, past #ObamaScholars have come from all around the world to study at Columbia University in the City of New York and bring their civic work to the next level.
Over the course of an academic year, #ObamaScholars have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and gain skills that can accelerate their impact. Applications for our next class of Scholars are now open: https://www.obama.org/scholars/
The process to bring the Obama Presidential Center to Jackson Park has been a true community-led process. We’re so grateful for their work—and to celebrate this milestone that brings us one day closer to completing the federal review of the OPC.
You’ve seen our #OFcarechallenge on social, now meet the four creative powerhouses behind each challenge's original artwork.
Get to know Jacqueline Alcántara, Liz Montague, Martha A. Wade, and Simone Noronha, and read their advice for the next generation of artists at https://www.obama.org/covid-community-care/creative/
We are loving this heartwarming story of Black Girls Carol—a group of Black women who have been volunteering their spare time to spread joy by singing Christmas carols all over the South Side of Chicago.
Hunger has exploded during the pandemic. Whether here at home or abroad, organizations like Grow Greater Englewood and Young Emerging Farmers Initiative are feeding their neighbors—but they could use your help. Take our #OFCareChallenge and volunteer at www.obama.org/covid-community-care.
Food banks and charities rely on volunteers. As older volunteers stay home to stay safe, it’s up to all of us to ensure that help reaches those who need it most.
For the final #OFCareChallenge, volunteer with a local organization or food bank that is addressing the impacts of COVID-19 in your community.
How will you volunteer? Find options at https://www.obama.org/covid-community-care....
🎨: Simone Noronha
Care challenge art series in collaboration with Godfrey Dadich Partners