How and Where to Volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

Where there is selflessness, there is kindness. Where there is patience, there is understanding. And where there are givers, there is love. Volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service is a great way to teach young people the values the notable civil rights leader stood for and why our differences are worth recognizing and celebrating

Pick up trash and clean up your local community on MLK Day of Service.Below are volunteer and awareness opportunities in Fort Forth and nationwide, virtual, and in-person, in which you and your family can participate.

100 MLK Day of Service Ideas from Youth Serve America // Nationwide // This website offers 100 ways youth can serve, advocate, celebrate, and join causes for the greater good.

Advancing the Dream Celebration // Arlington // On January 14 – 17, this four-day celebration features an art contest, essay contest, and a Spirit of Service scholarship. 

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AmeriCorps MLK Day of Service Volunteer Search // Nationwide // Use this website to locate volunteer opportunities through organizations such as AmeriCorps, Idealist, Just Serve, California Volunteers, MENTOR, (National Park Service), and VolunteerMatch.

Health & Vendor Community Fair // Fort Worth // This event, hosted by the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Program by providing vendors, health information, resources, and education.  

I Have a Dream 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2 // Virtual // This virtual run is hosted by OrganizerVirtual Run Events Powered By Moon Joggers. A portion of every registration fee (15%) will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative. 

Keep Up the Dream MLK Fest // Dallas // This community clean-up is hosted by the South Side Quarter Development Corporation. Volunteers are needed to join the MLK Clean Team Initiative in the south Dallas in the Fair Park neighborhood.

Martin Luther King Holiday Parade and Rally 2022 // Fort Worth // On Monday, January 17, head to downtown Fort Worth for this annual parade. Hosted by the Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee, the parade and rally will highlight the unity of the community and the hope of a dream. $20.00 per entry to walk or participate in the parade route. $25.00 onsite registration. Sponsorships are also available.

MLK Civil Rights Pioneers and Activist Celebration // Fort Worth // Celebrate this national holiday by heading to the Isis Theatre in Fort Worth and listening to civil rights activists Stacey Abrams, Domingo Garcia, and Deborah Peoples as they honor civil rights pioneers Mrs. Rosa Parks and Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. 

Create a self portrait for the Fort Worth Public Library for MLK Day of Service.MLK Self Portraits // Fort Worth Take one portrait home and leave a portrait at the Fort Worth Public Library to contribute to the display of diverse self-portraits. This project is designed for youth from kindergarten through fifth grade to inspire and empower life-long learning.   

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Points of Light // Nationwide // Use this website to find where to volunteer not just on MLK day, but every day. It also provides learning and discussion opportunities, such as its Listen.Learn.Act to End Racism Initiative, DIY projects for youth and families, and a subscription to Points of Light civic magazine.

Socks, Gloves, Caps, and Blanket Collection and Family Fun Day // Fort Worth // On January 15, drop off socks, gloves, and caps for youth and adults, as well as blankets. Donations serve as admission to family fun activities at The Rock, such as face painting, rock climbing wall, and games. 

Tarrant County College’s MLK Historical Timeline Exhibit // Virtual // This virtual experience focuses on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and significant moments that occurred during the civil rights movement. It also contains a curated list of resources and information on how we can continue Dr. King’s legacy.

How will you and your kids spend the day giving back? 

Katie F
Katie has been and editor and journalist since 2010. She’s worked for various national publications, including EQUUS and Western Horseman, and freelanced for titles such as Horse Illustrated and The Reiner. In addition to her role as managing editor at Beal Media, Katie is a content writer for The National Council of Mental Wellbeing and secretary for the Ranch Horse Association of America. In all her work, she’s drawn to projects that serve a purpose and help others. She lives in Willow Park, Texas, with her husband, two kiddos, horses, dogs, chickens, and cat.



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