During MLK Day weekend, honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy by volunteering for various service projects across the Mid-South.
Volunteer Memphis and Leadership Memphis are partnering with several nonprofit and community organizations to host MLK Days of Service January 18 – 21. For those four days, there will be a range of service projects running simultaneously in all ten Mid-South counties. There are plenty of options both indoors or outdoors, and volunteers can participate in everything from beautification and cleanups to reading to children, letter writing, organizing donations for food drives and other fundraising event support, and more.
Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live,” said Andrea Hill, Director of Volunteer Memphis. “MLK Days of Service are a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems by empowering individuals, strengthening communities, and bridging barriers.”
Each day has a theme:
FRIDAY, JAN. 18 – YOUTH & EDUCATION
Read to a classroom, host a field day, work in an afterschool program, or contact Volunteer Memphis about a customized experience.
SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – FAMILY & FRIENDS
Special projects will be available for volunteers of all ages.
SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – SERVICE SUNDAY
Work with your church or local community centers to serve the needs of others on Sunday. Volunteer Memphis is working with faith-based institutions to create volunteer opportunities during the afternoon following worship services.
MONDAY, JAN. 21 – COMMUNITY CLEAN UP
Volunteer Memphis is partnering with Clean Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful to host a citywide cleanup project.
Make plans to volunteer with your friends, family, or coworkers. Take a look at the projects and sign up for specific opportunities on the Volunteer United partner page. There will be a kickoff party on Thursday, January 17th at 5:00 pm at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library.
MLK Days of Service Donation Drive
The City of Memphis and its AmeriCorps VISTA program are hosting a donation drive to support local homeless shelters and schools. Donate at one of the collection boxes placed around the city, or drop off donations during the Donation Drop Off event on January 18th at the Gaston Community Center. See the flyer below for items needed.
Drop Off Locations:
Urban Strategies, Memphis HOPE, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, City Hall, City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, Memphis & Shelby Police Activities League, Memphis Athletic Ministries, City of Memphis Division of Parks & BLDG Memphis, Leadership Memphis, Memphis Housing & Community Development, City of Memphis (Union Ave. Extended), City of Memphis Internal Services, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, City of Memphis Fire Headquarters, Frayser Library, Memphis Police Department – Tillman.