Day On, Not a Day Off: 18 Ways to Participate in MLK Day of Service

While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorates the civil rights leader’s birthday and his contributions to American history, it was also established as a national day of service by a federal bill in 1994. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. This year we offer ideas of how you can provide participate, by providing service at home or on your own out in the community, while still following public health guidelines to keep you safe and healthy.

Read on for 18 ways to make MLK Day of Service on January 18 a day on, not a day off!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alleviating Poverty through Service

While his contributions to the civil rights movement are well known, King also fought to alleviate poverty in America. You can honor his legacy by contributing to organizations that are providing food assistance, shelter, and meeting the essential needs of Burien residents.

Beautify the Community

Take pride in your neighborhood and help protect your local environment by helping beautify your neighborhood.

Economic Empowerment

When you support a local business, you are also supporting your neighbors. Burien’s mom and pop businesses often support multiple generations of a family as well as the livelihoods of dozens of workers. The pandemic has created hardship for our small businesses. By supporting these businesses, you contribute to an independent and vibrant economy in Burien.

Learn and Discuss Dr. King’s Life and Teachings

One way you can honor King’s legacy is by learning more about his life and teachings, including the principles of non-violence and his commitment to eliminating poverty.

  • Read a book from one of the MLK Day booklists at the King County Library System and PBS.
  • Host a virtual discussion with friends and family about King’s life and teachings, his principles of non-violence, and community challenges and ways to address them through service and volunteering.

Provide Community Service to Neighbors and Families

The pandemic has caused many of our community members to feel more isolated. Consider reaching out and helping your neighbor or friend or participate in a program that connects people to those in need.

Promote Healthy Futures

Emily Inlow-Hood
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