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"A Day On, Not a Day Off" Today is the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and many enjoy the day free from work and school. However, in tribute to his life's work of trying to better our communities, this day is also dedicated to enjoying a day "on" - with community service and community engagement. Celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, MLK Day is an American holiday that challenges people, organizations, and communities to use their day off to work on a project together, volunteer, and serve. What are you doing for others? Dr. King spoke many times about the importance of working together to serve others and better the communities in which we live, and today is a way to continue the inspiration and legacy his vision created. Large and small organizations alike have been creating volunteer and service programs and encouraging their employees to take the day off to work in shelters, help with community cleanup, collect for food drives, take up donations, and anything else that will help enrich our communities. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative.  Serve.gov and the Corporation for National & Community Service document some the projects that the First Family have helped with. The President and his family also challenge Americans to get involved in any way they can. And the project doesn't have to be huge! Start small. Pick up groceries for a family in need, shovel snow for your neighbors, volunteer at a food kitchen, donate clothing...
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Read more. Discuss more. Grow more. If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to read more, let us help. Last year we started a new tradition here in the office: book clubs. 1-3 people get together and choose a book to read and discuss over the next month. The book can be about the industry, business, personal growth, case studies, or not work related at all. The goal is to do more inter-office mentoring and growing, and book clubs are a great way to get started. With a new year, we have switched up the book clubs so each person is reading with a new group. See what we are reading this month: 1. Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big Author - Bo Burlingham It’s an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do . . . creating a great place to work . . . providing great customer service . . . making great contributions to their communities . . . and finding great ways to lead their lives. In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummer. 2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...
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Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day But for many truck drivers, human trafficking is something that they are working toward eliminating throughout the entire year. Human trafficking - a form of modern-day slavery - is an issue that is still very relevant both globally and in the United States. Human trafficking is an issue that affects men, women, adults, minors, foreign nationals, and U.S. citizens. "The scores of truckers carrying freight across America see and hear a lot on the road, so they're in a position to notice when something at a rest stop doesn't look right. That's why people who fight sex trafficking of underage kids are enlisting drivers to help" (NPR). Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is just one example of the ways in which truck drivers are fighting against human trafficking today. TAT is a 501 (3)(c) with a mission to "educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking." The TAT Shipping Partners Program encourages shippers to work with their trucking and transportation companies to become TAT trained to identify potential human trafficking situations and know what steps they can take to report the incident. There are many resources available that provide information and help for both witnesses and victims of human trafficking. Here are just a few: Polaris Project - a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. They partner with organizations to take action against human trafficking through things like their fellowship program. Shared Hope - established by U.S Congresswoman Linda Smith. Their mission is to eradicate sex trafficking through prevention, restoration (sharing stories of hope for victims of sex trafficking who are trying to restore their lives), and justice. They provide an interactive state report card so you can see what your state is doing to help the cause. The Truckers Report - points to a number of measures happening in specific states, such as case studies and truck stop initiatives, and highlights ways truckers are spreading awareness and taking action. National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)- a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. They provide a widely-publicized hotline for victims, witnesses, and those needing more information or help that is open 24/7. NHTRC Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 For more information on human trafficking efforts, check out the National Human Trafficking Referral Directory for available local services by searching for a city, state, or zip code. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...