Get Your Volunteer On: MLK, Jr. Day of Service!!!

I don’t know about you but I believe in The Dream. As such, I plan to put the pedal to the metal and volunteer a few hours this coming Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While I’d love to catch up on some much needed rest, that’s what Saturday is for. Will you join me as I partake in MLK National Day of Service? Oh, you don’t know where to go???…well, that’s what I’m here for!

Here are a few cool projects I’ve come across. If none of them strike your fancy or are not in your area, visit any of the sites listed at the very bottom of the post and pop in your zip code. If you have any questions, please contact the service sites directly.

Adult Service Projects

WASHINGTON, DC

MLK Volunteer Day of Service 2012 <—— I’LL BE VOLUNTEERING HERE!!!~ Team P.E.A.C.E. (People Embracing Ageless Change) will be supporting the Greater DC Cares Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Volunteer Service at the Boys and Girls Club in Washington D.C. January 16th 2012 (9-1p.m. Eastern time) Sign up to volunteer here!

25th Annual We Feed Our People~ More than a day off, is the catalyst behind the community based coalition of concerned individuals and organizations formed in Washington, DC in 1988 to commemorate the works and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reaching out to those most vulnerable, the homeless. We Feed Our People (WFOP) provides a nutritious meal and warm clothing for homeless citizens in the nation’s capitol as a way to keep the work of a great hero alive. Sign up to volunteer here!

Meals On Wheels& Theta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ~ Participants will join the Theta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in serving the community by packing snow day baskets for county-wide Meals on Wheels programs; decorating cards for children with cancer and other terminal illnesses; making hats for the homeless and making cards for our troops. Also, take part in a Volunteer Fair, with many non-profit organizations sharing information on volunteering throughout the year; workshops on conflict resolution; and plenty of conversation! Sign Up to volunteer here!

NEW YORK CITY (And Brooklyn!)

Storytelling with Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association (Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn)~ Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus is teaming up again with the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day. On Mon., Jan. 16 (time tba), we will convene at Grace Reformed Church and several apartment lobbies to read children’s books about the Civil Rights Movement to kids and reflect on the meaning of MLK Day to us today in 2012. For information email deborah.mutnick@liu.edu or call 718.488.1110.

The MLK Serve-a-Thon- NYC Coalition Against Hunger

Since 2003, NYCCAH has commemorated Dr. King’s anti-poverty legacy with the “MLK Serve-a-Thon,” a citywide volunteer event. NYCCAH recruits hundreds of volunteers willing to ‘take a day on, not a day off’ by donating their time and support to anti-hunger programs on MLK Weekend. The 2012 MLK Serve-a-Thon will take place on January 14th, 15th and 16th. There are still volunteer slots open, so if you would like to volunteer or learn more, please contact Kathleen Oswald at koswald@nyccah.org or (212)825-0028 x202. Click here!

Youth & Family Projects

WASHINGTON, DC

MLK Youth Summit~ Teens from the Nannie J. Lee and Charles Houston Recreation Centers are providing a day of service to the City of Alexandria and Washington DC homeless individuals and families.  In addition there will be workshops for the youth including a job fair, oratory competition, cooking for a purpose, dance and poetry for a purpose and service projects.  Adult supervision is needed for the project and adults are asked to bring ideas for activities. Sign Up to volunteer here!

Writing Letters to Service Personnel on MLK Day~ Brighten up the day of a military service member stationed overseas. They are looking for a letter that reminds them of the good ol’ USA. We’ll provide the paper and even a sample. We just need your creativity. Service personnel will welcome your letter-and you will have brightened up the day of someone who is serving the USA far away from home. If you are under 15 years of age, you must be accompanied by an adult. Sign Up to volunteer here!

Montgomery County’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Volunteer Fair!~ Participants can complete various service projects from making bag lunches for area homeless shelters, making no-sew fleece blankets for Montgomery Hospice, decorating cards for troops, and much more. At the Volunteer Fair there will be many nonprofit organizations available for participants to speak with about volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Must be at least 3 years old. *Please bring a canned good or other non-perishable items to donate to Manna Food Center.* Sign Up to volunteer here!

NEW YORK CITY

GenerationON (East Harlem)~ GenerationOn is looking for up to 600 kids (ages 5 to 11), families and community groups wanting to participate in a relevant hands-on service projects using generationOn’s Grow Involved service kits. Service projects include making fleece scarves for a local senior center and creating “Spread the Cheer” cards for the troops. Sign Up to volunteer here!

For service projects in your area visit:

VolunteerMatch.org

Hey, remember service is sexy too! \o/ 

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