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DALLAS -- Half-a-century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a group of non-profits hope to carry on the president's message.

The Goodwill Industries of Dallas is one of dozens organizations that will see hundreds of volunteers Saturday. Close to 3,000 volunteers will participate in the first-ever JFK Day of Service.

'I think that what should come out of this is to respect his legacy and what he believed in,' said Rod Ginther the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Dallas.

Two-years-and-ten-months before the assassination of JFK, the world heard a message of inspiration. During his inaugural speech, delivered Jan. 20, 1961, the 43-year-old president delivered the now famous words, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.'

There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from serving the homeless, to serving veterans, to helping with animals, to short, hour-long projects for families with small children. If you would like to get involved, click here.

'My hope is that tomorrow morning, when people wake up to come serve, that there gaze will be shifted toward the next 50 years and towards the legacy of President Kennedy and his legacy of service,' said Executive Director of JFK Day Lindsey Williams.

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