Ways to Serve The Community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 15, 2021 | by Ashley Eisenmenger

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated Monday, January 18, 2021. As we prepare to honor his life and legacy advancing civil rights in the United States, now’s the time to consider how you can use your time that day to make a positive difference in our communities. Check out our list of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities and events:

My Block, My Hood, My City Needs Volunteers To Bring Supplies To Seniors For MLK Day

Learn how you can help My Block, My Hood, My city, a Chicago nonprofit deliver supplies to seniors.

Hyde Park Art Center Virtual MLK Day Celebration
“Through film screenings, conversations, and presentations about movements close to home in Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center has created a program that celebrates local artists, activists and makers who embody the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and the spirit of justice and visibility.”

10 Service Projects to Try at Home

This list is geared towards parents with kids at home, but it also highlights ways for anyone to serve their neighborhood. 

MLK Day Letter Writing

“Join us for a virtual “hangout” to write letters. To whom, you may ask? Well depending on your passion, we’ll have the information for you to write to first responders, people who are incarcerated, and/or your state representative.”

MLK Day of Service through LA Works

While not local, this organization is based in Los Angeles, check out its virtual events happening Monday. All are welcome!

The Obama Foundation

The Obama Foundation also has a list of service opportunities.

Want To Help Homeless Pets? Anti-Cruelty Society Hosting Virtual Day Of Service

The animal rescue organization’s staff will teach participants how to make no-sew pet beds and cat and dog toys from items found around the home and how to train dogs. People who want to participate can request craft supply kits in advancing by emailing education@anticruelty.org.

Please check with the individual event organizers for accessibility accommodations.

Know of one we should add to the list?  Please let us know. However you choose to spend the day, we hope that you take time to celebrate all of the work Martin Luther King Jr. did.