Local volunteer opportunities for MLK Day

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with these local volunteer opportunities.

Two ladies taping up boxes smiling

Volunteering can bring a smile to your face and to others.

Photo provided by God’s Pantry Food Bank

Each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January — Jan. 16 this year . The theme for this year is “Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems,” according to The King Centera nonprofit founded by MLK’s wife, Coretta Scott King, to continue Dr. King’s legacy.

If you have time to dedicate to our community, here are three local volunteer opportunities:

  • reStart | This organization fights homelessness and helps 400 people each day through prevention, outreach, shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing.
  • Harvesters | This metro food service aids 387,000 people in its 26-county service area through meals. It has volunteer opportunities both in-person and from the comfort of your own home.
  • Boys and Girls Club | Volunteers help at-risk kids through tutoring, mentoring, coaching, job shadowing, and event support.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out more local volunteer opportunities .