Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and honoring the work he did to advocate for nonviolent resistance to overcome injustices and lift racial oppression. 

Did you know that MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service? Dr. King demonstrated service through his actions and words. On MLK Day of Service, Americans are encouraged to volunteer, to improve and strengthen ties to their communities, and honor Dr. King’s commitment to service, while addressing critical, divisive issues.

Take a look below at how you can volunteer and honor Dr. King's legacy.


Defend Your Voting Rights 

In January 2022, the Senate blocked The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. Email your senator to prioritize voting rights and make voting accessible for all.

AmeriCorp Volunteer Search

Find an opportunity through one of their supported organizations: AmeriCorp, Idealist, California Volunteers, JustServe, MENTOR, National Park Service, and VolunteerMatch.

Cleveland: Volunteer with City Year for a Day ON for Service

They will be working on beautification projects as well as working with area nonprofits on projects to benefit community youth.

Los Angeles: Volunteer with LA Works for the MLK Day of Service

In 1964 Dr. King addressed 15,000 Angelinos at the LA Memorial Coliseum. LA Works continues its long tradition of honoring Dr. King with their MLK Day of Service at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

NYC: Volunteer for the Annual MLK Serve-A-Thon

Join Hunger Free America for their annual MLK-Serve-A-Thon featuring in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities all weekend long!

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