What is the MLK Day of Service?
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is part of the president’s national call to service initiation, United We Stand, where individuals up and down the nation come together to serve their communities and neighborhoods on the King Holiday.
It is the only federal holiday that is viewed as a national day of service: ‘A day on, not a day off’
Volunteers nationwide serve thousands of local projects in honor of the life and teachings of Dr King, with the goal to provide community service that will strengthen the bond of these local communities and empower all individuals.
These projects vary in scale and size, from smaller local activities with a few volunteers to large-scale events featuring thousands of individuals.
This year’s event will take place Monday, January 16.
Why Should You Serve?
Dr King’s vision of the Beloved Community was built on the dream of an America where people from all walks of life work together and apply the principles of nonviolence to create a more peaceful, happier and better place to live.
The MLK Day of Service is a way to honor that vision, using the teachings and life of Dr King to try and help solve ongoing social issues. Americans from every background converge together on this day to celebrate the life of Dr King by volunteering for service projects that can make his dream a reality.
Who wouldn’t want to be part of something special like that?
Volunteer Opportunities in Austin
There are many volunteer opportunities throughout Austin, Texas for MLK Day of Service, from small local events to larger operations involving thousands.
United Way for Greater Austin and Keep Austin Beautiful Again are both recruiting for volunteers!
For instance, the MLK Boulevard Clean Up is open to volunteers of all ages, while the Little Helping Hands is hosting a fair that is ideal for families with young children looking to contribute. Signups are required for certain events, so be sure to do so if there is a particular event you want to volunteer for!
Furthermore, there are various other volunteer opportunities for teens and adults throughout the community, including clean ups, food donation drives, and garden volunteering. Age restrictions may apply for certain projects, so be sure to check this before signing up!
Looking for something different? There are so many opportunities to help in many different ways, such as helping at-risk foster youth, which is being organized by HRC and Lifeworks Austin and requires the donation of items as well as time donated in the shape of volunteers!