MLK Day of Service 2021

Volunteering Locally for MLK Day of Service

“Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Observing MLK through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment of working alongside our community to address justice and equity. Below are a few organizations with a social justice mission. We hope you can find an organization, locally or globally that aligns with your values and passion to work alongside our community.

These resources are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. HMC does not endorse and is not responsible for the listed organizations or activities. Individuals should follow local, county and national health orders and guidelines at all times.


  • Get Food USA (remote) – Call food assistance sites to confirm if they are still providing food assistance and hours/days of service (a script if provided when you sign up to volunteer)
  • Hunger Free America (MLK Day of Service, virtual) –  2021 Serve-A-Thon is structured around a series of two-hour workshops, each of which is hosted with a nonprofit and emphasizes the intersection of a social issue with food security—such as environmental justice, racial justice, urban development, and public health—after which participants will engage in a virtual service activity. 
  • iMentor (ongoing, long-term commitment) – serving various locations and high schools.
  • Learn to Be (virtual)Volunteer to tutor a K-12 student. Tutoring services are free for students/family; and tutoring takes place online.
  • Neighbor Network (MLK Day of Service, remote, virtual) – Volunteers will be making introductory calls to pre-screen seniors for the Neighbor Network, a program that matches volunteers with isolated seniors for weekly conversations during the COVID-19 crisis. The phone bank will start with 45 minutes of discussion and training, followed by an hour of making calls to seniors, with debriefs along the way to check in. January 18, 2021, 2–4 p.m. (EST)
  • Repair the World (remote)Share your skills to help different non-profit organizations with specific needs and or projects.



  • Big SundayVirtual MLK Day Block Party & Clothing Collection (MLK Day of Service Virtual Event,–noon PT)
  • California African African MuseumMLK Day Celebration 2021 (Virtual education workshops, 10 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. PT)
  • LA Works (MLK Day of Service Virtual Event) – Criminal Justice and Race 
  • Youth Spirit Artwork Tiny Houses Village (MLK Day of Service, on-site, outside) – Help with finishing touches on the Tiny House Village for homeless youth in the Bay Area by building planters. To sign up to help on a Saturday, Sunday and or Monday (You can also help any weekend until January 29, 2021)


New York:

  • The Ali Forney Center (remote, on-sight opportunities) – their mission “is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.” Find out how you can volunteer here.
  • New York Cares (remote, virtual, on-sight) – volunteer for their income tax assistance program (training available); their phone bank program (training available); and or their college access program.