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18 Volunteer Opportunities to Join and Make a Difference on MLK Day of Service 2024

As we approach the 95th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15, 2024, communities throughout the United States are gearing up to celebrate the birth of one of the most influential civil rights...

As we approach the 95th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15, 2024, communities throughout the United States are gearing up to celebrate the birth of one of the most influential civil rights leaders in American history. MLK Day of Service has evolved into a national call to action, a day where we honor Dr. King's memory by actively engaging in volunteer work to advance his vision for a better society. It is the only federal holiday recognized as a National Day of Service, encouraging all Americans to come together and volunteer to improve their communities.

Dr. King once said, "Everybody can be great because anyone can serve." These powerful words serve as an open invitation for each of us to contribute to our communities, addressing issues that resonate with our values and align with the causes Dr. King championed. As champions of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Points of Light Global Network Affiliates are offering a wide variety of volunteer activities across the country, making it easier for everyone to find a way to make a difference in their community. If you don't see an event listed below, don't worry! There are countless other volunteer opportunities happening across America. Let's explore some options together.

2024 MLK Day of Service Opportunities

1. Business Volunteers Maryland - "Day On, Not Off"

Business Volunteers Maryland is collaborating with TEKsystems to motivate its nationwide workforce to volunteer on MLK Day, particularly in Baltimore. Their ambitious goal for 2024 is to have all employees participate in the "Day On, Not Off" initiative. This can be done through sponsored events or individual volunteering, demonstrating a commitment to making a lasting impact on MLK Day and beyond.

2. The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership - Building a "Beloved Community"

The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership has been honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a tribute event since 2014. After a hiatus due to the pandemic, CVNL reignited the tradition in 2023. This year's event will focus on building a "Beloved Community" that reflects Dr. King's ideals of inclusion, equity, justice, and compassion. Get ready to engage in community service projects that foster unity and positive change.

3. Chicago Cares - Civic Leadership Training Series

Chicago Cares offers a one-day Civic Leadership Training Series designed to empower individuals for year-round impactful community engagement. This dynamic program, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., equips attendees with essential skills for sustainable civic leadership through a collaborative and immersive learning experience.

MLK Day of Service Caption: MLK Day of Service brings people together to create positive change in their communities.

4. Hands On Atlanta - Food Security, Education, and the Environment

Hands On Atlanta invites volunteers to join them from January 11-15, 2024, to support over 50 nonprofit organizations focusing on food security, education, and the environment. These initiatives directly align with Dr. King's vision, and the week will culminate in the 10th annual MLK Sunday Supper, where Atlanta's leaders engage in meaningful dialogue about "Challenging the Status Quo."

5. HandsOn Central California - Addressing Critical Community Needs

HandsOn Central California mobilizes volunteers, corporate partners, and organizations across Central California for an annual day of service in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Serve Projects will be active in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Merced, Mariposa, and Stanislaus Counties, addressing critical community needs and making a positive impact.

6. HandsOn New Orleans - Revitalizing Public Spaces

HandsOn New Orleans, in partnership with Shell Oil, is on a mission to revitalize a public school campus and a budding public park in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers are needed for various projects, including enhancing playgrounds, making over a library, constructing outdoor seating, painting locker rooms, and refurbishing basketball courts. These efforts aim to create inclusive and stimulating spaces for individual and group play, incorporating STEM and music activities.

7. HandsOn Northwest North Carolina - Promoting Literacy and Service

HandsOn Northwest North Carolina has collaborated with Wake Forest University and others since 2010 to organize the Read-In event. This event promotes Dr. King's ideals through literacy and service, pairing children ages 4 to 10 with college students for reading and enrichment activities. Each child receives a civil-rights themed book, fostering a love for reading and a deeper understanding of Dr. King's legacy.

8. Jersey Cares - Transforming Communities

Jersey Cares is mobilizing 1,500 volunteers across ten New Jersey counties for a variety of impactful projects. From school transformations to park revitalization, social justice walks, workshops, and care package assembly, there are plenty of opportunities to make a positive difference. The volunteer activities will take place on both the day of and the day before the holiday, honoring Dr. King's legacy through community service.

9. L.A. Works - Building a Beloved Community

L.A. Works invites you to commemorate Dr. King's influential 1964 speech at the Coliseum with the MLK 2024 Volunteer Festival. This event aims to build a beloved community and will feature thousands of volunteers engaging in diverse activities like hands-on service, a Minecraft March on Washington, and a marketplace showcasing local BIPOC-owned businesses.

10. The Long Island Volunteer Center - Food Drives and Emergency Aid

The Long Island Volunteer Center, in partnership with AHRC, is organizing a diverse group of volunteers for food drives and emergency food aid delivery. The event includes a march from the First Baptist Church in Glen Cove to the Glen Cove Middle School, where volunteers will assemble food bags for the North Shore Soup Kitchen. The day will also feature a celebratory program with artistic expressions themed on diversity and inclusivity.

These are just a few examples of the volunteer opportunities available for MLK Day of Service 2024. There are many more events happening across the nation, each offering a chance to make a positive impact in your community. Visit Points of Light Engage to search their extensive database of volunteer opportunities and find an event near you. Together, we can keep Dr. King's dream alive and thriving in communities across the nation.

MLK Day of Service Caption: Join MLK Day of Service and be part of the movement for positive change.