The National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place on the third Monday in January every year. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers gear up in events around the country that help build community by teaching and educating about the beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King through direct service that impacts the places we live, work, and study.
It is in this spirit here at RecycleScene that we share tips on recycling as a way to join in your community, whether it be pitching in at neighborhood cleanups or donating items to people that need them more than you. When you volunteer or take other community-minded actions (no matter how small) and Go Beyond Recycling, it makes the world a little greener and a little brighter.
Rallies around the country provide an opportunity to reflect, celebrate, and remember Dr. King, and there is also a multi-institutional collaboration among colleges and universities. One of the largest mobilizations of college students in the country is on MLK Day. If you are currently a student, take this wonderful opportunity to connect with other students, staff, and faculty as a fun way to gain some volunteer or community based learning hours.
What You Can Do
Volunteering doesn’t end on one day in January. As the message appears on their website, “Make it a Day On … Not a Day Off.” Join millions of others to continue the spirit of service and citizenship in your community by pledging to join in a Day of Service at an event near you. Find plenty more activities in the months to come by typing in your zip code on the Find a Project search bar on the mlkday.gov homepage.
There are also many organizations that are always looking for volunteers, from big national groups to groups at your state and local level found under Additional Opportunities.