Where to Volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Tarrant County

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.Did you know MLK Day is a designated National Day of Service? That means it’s an excellent time to act on Dr. King’s legacy while engaging with and improving our communities. So, what are some good ways to volunteer with kids in Fort Worth and Arlington? 

January 16
38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Rally | Fort Worth

Celebrate the legacy and impact of Dr. King at this annual downtown parade highlighting community unity and a commitment to justice for all humankind. The parade concludes with a rally in Sundance Square — connect with local organizations helping to keep the dream alive. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

January 16
Crowley House of Hope | Crowley

Take part in food pantry operations, sort and organize donations in the thrift store, and assist with tasks that make a difference for neighbors in need. Please register in advance (contact info at the link). 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

January 16
MLK Day of Service | Arlington

Volunteer Arlington has organized all sorts of group-effort community service projects today. Right now, there’s about 20 different projects on the list. Register for one that resonates with you! Everyone will meet at Washinton-Liberty High School in the morning, then either head off-site or stay to work on projects that will be set up at the school. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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January 16
MLK Day of Service | Grapevine

Register at the link to volunteer with Grapevine Parks & Rec today. Projects may include litter pickup in parks and green spaces and general beautification projects. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

January 16
Zeb Strong Jr. Day of Service | Arlington

Gather at Mission Arlington for community assignments. Be sure to print and fill out the registration form at the link beforehand. The first 500 volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt! Check out all the events scheduled for the 2023 Advancing the Dream Celebration weekend, including talent showcases, a festival, and more. 9:00 a.m. 

January 21
Donation Drop Off and Family Fun Day | Fort Worth

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum will host an MLK Day of Service event at The Warehouse in Fort Worth. Bring donations of youth and adult socks, gloves, caps, scarves, and blankets and enjoy a free family fun day. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

January 28
MLK 5th Annual Fish Creek Cleanup and Food Drive 
| Arlington

Volunteers are invited to join The Mission Continues and the Dallas/Fort Worth Platoon at Cravens Park to help beautify eight miles of the Fish Creak Linear Trail. Come for 30 minutes or stay all day! Find out more at the link. 8:00 a.m.

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More Ways to Volunteer . . . 

AmeriCorps has an easy-to-use volunteer opportunity database. Enter your zip code and check the box for MLK Day to find volunteer opportunities near you. Hopefully lots more listings will pop up as we get closer to the day!

Similarly, Youth Service America has an MLK Day of Service hub. Do you need to create service projects for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or any other youth community groups? Check out these volunteer project ideas and tips to get you going.

Engage is run by Points of Light Global Network, a nonprofit that connects community members with volunteer opportunities. Enter your zip code at the link to find a variety of ways to help.

Idealist is another great way to search for volunteer opportunities near you — from community outreach to Meals on Wheels deliveries and more.

Katie L
After almost 20 years in Austin and Fort Worth, Katie now lives in Richardson with her husband and two kids.Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.



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