MLK Day: A Time for Celebration, Reflection & Service

On Monday, our country recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader in the American civil rights movement who dedicated his life to advancing civil rights and racial equality for African-Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice. Nearly 50 years since his death, Dr. King’s messages of social justice, fairness and service continue to resonate.

Diversity & Inclusion

As a company with nearly 9,000 associates who come from different backgrounds, experiences and traditions, we know that diversity and inclusion are key to our long-term success. This is supported by research that shows diverse and inclusive workplaces produce benefits like better financial returns, higher employee engagement, lower turnover, greater innovation and stronger decision-making.

To further our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, in 2017, WellCare CEO Ken Burdick signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, and this year, the company will intensify its investment and engagement in this area.

Service

Legislation was signed in 1983 making Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday, and in 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service—the only federal holiday with this distinction.

This designation exemplifies Dr. Kings’ core values. He said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”

At WellCare, we embrace this philosophy. Our members are at the center of everything we do, and our mission has always been one of service: to help our members live better, healthier lives.

This mission is supported by our associates’ hard work and philanthropic spirit. In 2017, more than 6,000 WellCare associates, along with their families and friends, spent almost 23,000 hours at hundreds of volunteer events across the country. We thank them for their dedication to service; it is the reason our corporate associate volunteer rate is approximately 75 percent—more than double the national average.

Celebrating Dr. King’s Contributions

The current social climate makes this an especially poignant time to celebrate Dr. King’s countless contributions. It is also a day to reflect on the contributions we are making to our friends, our family, our work and our neighborhoods.

This day is an opportunity to find something in our communities that allows us to serve.

How will you celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday? Share your ideas in the comments below.

7 thoughts on “MLK Day: A Time for Celebration, Reflection & Service

  1. I’d like to say first. Great Job WellCare. It was concerning that in past years this FEDERAL Holiday wasn’t observed. You’re showing authentically and tangibly how much inclusion matters, especially in a torn racial society today. Well Done.

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  2. For me, Martin Luther King Day is a time of reflection and thoughts about what actions I can personally take to shape a better future. In some ways, we have come so far from the tumultuous 1960s of my childhood, yet we have not yet achieved the dream of equality and a society where all people are “judged by the content of their character.” On MLK Day, I will take time to write to my legislators to let them know my position on policy matters related to social justice.

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  3. My family recognizes the contributions and dedication that Dr. King had during his life. I am proud to work for a company that gives it’s employees the day off to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. Now that my son is at an age where he can volunteer to help our community, we plan to set aside time on Monday to create a schedule for 2018 to give back and sign up for Volunteer opportunities as a family.

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  4. WellCare is the 1st employer I have had that recognizes the MLK Holiday so I have had to use vacation time every year since it’s inception, and I have because it is important. I get to visit the Black History Museum in DC this weekend, so excited.

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  5. I love what Dr. King stood for and how he approached injustice – with love. I am reminded of what Gandhi said of British rule in India when he said “We want the British to leave India as friends”, once again love. Love for one another is the only way we are going to survive in a world worth living in and I do not mean sentimentality. We have to see the humanity in each other, we have to try and listen to each other even though we vehemently disagree, we have to see when someone needs help and help them, we have to see why people are in poverty and use our institutions to try and fix it, we have to involve God in our work because it is actually his work – For human beings to flourish and live up to their full potential. All of that being said, I will probably be going to the parade and still contemplating what kind of service work I will be doing at my church I am so proud of Dr. King and am glad that our country finally recognized him for who he was and not the person he was first reported to be.

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  6. My family and I spent the day doing a community service project and then attending the 33rd annual Kingdom Parade in Los Angeles. It was a wonderful day and I’m proud and appreciative of our company recognizing the holiday and providing the opportunity for me to spend it honoring such a legacy.

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