2021 MLK Day of Service events in the DC region – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2021-01-14 04:13:46 –

MLK Day is a great opportunity to leave home and volunteer to benefit the community in the spirit of the people it respects.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a great opportunity to leave home and volunteer to benefit the community. It’s the spirit of a respected person, but at unusual times volunteers are clearly adding a digital twist.

The list below includes several volunteer opportunities throughout the DC area in and around MLK Day, which is celebrated on Monday, January 18th.


There are plenty of opportunities for both face-to-face and virtual volunteers in northern Virginia.

First, the Children’s Center in Alexandria has partnered with Volunteer Alexandria for an activity kit drive. If you’re playing fabrics, markers, glue sticks, or any of these other items, you can drop them on 123N Alfred Street between Tuesday and Friday. These are used to create a kit for the Learn & Playgroup program for a group.

You can also create a care package for households in areas affected by COVID-19 packets on a virtual donation drive at 1:00 pm on Monday. Participants will learn how to make laundry detergent at home. But that’s not all. Volunteer Alexandria will create a virtual card at 3 pm and give you tips on how to create your own greeting on Valentine’s Day.

If you want to hike and don’t mind the cold, some of Virginia’s popular parks are exempt from admission on Mondays. Great Falls Park, Shenandoah National Park, and Prince William Forest Park are all exempt from standard admission. Don’t worry if it’s not available, as 6 free days will start in parks nationwide this year.

Want fresh air near your house while helping? Ascend Alexandria is looking for volunteers to help clean South Reynolds Park from 10:30 am to noon Monday. Please note that space is limited due to the social distance protocol, and there is already a waiting list.


Marylander has ample opportunity to support the community with food donations.

Small Things Matter’s Kokua Foods Program is looking for volunteers to help buy and bag rice and dried beans for families with food insecurity. Follow the instructions on the group’s website to measure and bag and head to Takoma Park or Rockville drop-off location on Friday or Saturday.

You can also learn how to bake while supporting the community. The KokuaFoodsProgram welcomes donations of baked goods along with staple foods for families in need. You can also earn SSL time through both of the above events as a bonus for middle and high school students in Montgomery County.

Do you like writing poetry? Do you have any tips for making collages? You’ll have the chance to do both Mondays in a virtual session hosted by Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Department. The collage will be displayed virtually on February 1st and the poem will be read.

And beware of hoarding all toilet paper: this is your chance to redeem yourself. The New Creation AME Church in Fort Washington is hosting a Food Pantry Supply Drive until Monday morning, calling for donations of toilet paper and paper towels.


Do you feel chatty? Join the DC Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative’s Virtual Telephone Bank. Volunteers send texts and call people who have previously shown an interest in acting as a tutor or mentor in one of 50 partner nonprofits or schools. Via Zoom from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday.

City Year, a non-profit education company, kicks off the MLK Day of Service on January 18th each year, launching a six-week digital winter service to support AmeriCorps members and their work.

Service projects include decorating pencil pouches for students, preparing flashcards, painting canvas or tiles, and other projects to support local schools. To secure a volunteer spot, you need a tax-deductible donation to City Year DC. Please sign up here.

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