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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 15
Crowley House of Hope | Crowley

Sort and organize donations in the thrift store and assist with tasks that make a difference for neighbors in need. RSVP in advance to [email protected]. All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration | Denton

The City of Denton celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King at this community event. The theme is “Living the Dream: It Starts with Me: Spreading Hope, Courage, and Unity.” This event kicks off with flag football at Fred Moore Park football field, followed by a march, program, and refreshments. 11:00 a.m. 

January 15
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.

January 15
MLK Day of Service | Grapevine

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

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January 15
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 2024 Advancing the Dream Celebration weekend, including talent showcases, a festival, and more. 9:00 a.m. 

January 16
Youth Music Extravaganza | Arlington

The Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Choir comprises over 300 youth voices. Pair this with dancing and exciting performances from the winners of the MLK Advancing the Dream Step Show Competition. Talk about a performance extravaganza! Free for all ages. 6:30 p.m. 

January 27
MLK 6th 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.

January 27
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Day of Service Program | Fort Worth

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum presents an MLK Day of Service opportunity. They will be accepting donations of socks, gloves, knit caps, and blankets for a local shelter, and hosting a free community health fair. Vendors will offer unique giveaways and helpful information. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.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.