Martin Luther King Day — A National Day of Service In Your Local Community



Monday is the day to take the day on, not off. Most people have the third Monday in January off from work, and there’s no better way to celebrate the day and the dream than to volunteer for an organization in your local community. In 1994, Congress made Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national day of service, tasking all of us with the goal of becoming better people in a better world.

Martin Luther King believed in a world in which our strengths as human beings would be realized and our potential celebrated. He believed in a better world where justice truly was for all. Justice can often be a lofty goal, heady and theoretical. But for just one day a year we can all come together and get closer to achieving the change we wish to see in the world. Anyone from any walk of life can participate in the day of service. You can create your own project or join the thousands that have already been planned around the country. It doesn’t matter if you build a garden, clean up a beach or help paint a school. All that matters is that you get out there and find a way to strengthen your community and empower others to join you!

Planning your own?

If you are a natural leader, consider organizing an event of your own. The Corporation for National and Community Service has a great toolkit to help get your event off the ground.

Want to join a pre-planned event?

1. Check your local outlets. Newspapers and community blogs will be listing great opportunities to volunteer.
2. Search the official database of available opportunities.
3. Browse Volunteer Match.