Honor this MLK Day of Service through Action

Each year on the third Monday in January, we mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., our nation’s most influential civil rights leader. By the time of his assassination in 1968, Dr. King had traveled more than six million miles and spoken over 2,500 times to advocate for racial justice.

Dr. King was a staunch supporter of the idea that everyone had the power to contribute. “Everybody can be great,” he said, “because everybody can serve.” That is why, in his honor, the federal government also recognizes the day as the only national “day of service,” during which all Americans are encouraged to volunteer to improve their communities.

So, how do you make an impact during the middle of a COVID surge? The young leaders at Public Allies Central Florida, a program of Embrace Families, have compiled a list of ideas to get you started:

In-Person Opportunities

  • Help to clean up Lake Fran and surrounding trails that lead to Carver Shores Neighborhood: City of Orlando
  • Participate in one of Heart of Florida United Way’s many Week of Action events: 2022 Week of Action
  • Sign up for a shift at Second Harvest Food Bank to help in their warehouse: SHFB Volunteer Hub

Virtual Opportunities

For more information about the MLK Day of Service, visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service.