January 18, 2019

Find a service project for MLK Day

Don’t waste a day off when you can be ‘on’ for your community.

America honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy through community service. Photo by Reg Lancaster/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In his lifetime, Martin Luther King Jr. inspired Americans to take a stand and change the world. Today, more than 50 years after his death, his legacy continues to be a model for community leaders to create peaceful solutions in the pursuit of social justice.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, “a day on, not a day off.” As we celebrate King on Monday, communities across the country will honor his memory through service meant to strengthen community bonds, create solutions to our greatest challenges, and “move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community.’”

Local agencies, schools, and nonprofits will be hosting service events in their neighborhoods. Below are some resources for finding a volunteer opportunity near you:

  • The Corporation for National and Community Service, the government agency that leads MLK Day service efforts, has a list of volunteer opportunities organized by city or zip code.
  • The agency, through Youth Service America (YSA), also has project ideas for young people to engage on MLK Day and beyond. Projects are categorized by topics, such as sports, animals, and technology; and by causes, such as the environment, hunger, and equality.
  • YSA also offers tailored toolkits for educators and youth of all ages.
  • For teachers interested in bringing community service projects into their curriculum, WE Schools offers resources and programming for classrooms.

Follow @MLKDay all weekend to see how communities across the country are empowering residents to pitch in and make a difference.

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