Local volunteer opportunities for MLK Day

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with these local volunteer opportunities.

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Volunteering can bring a smile to your face and to others.

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Each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January — Jan. 16 this year. The theme for this year is “Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems,” according to The King Centera nonprofit founded by MLK’s wife, Coretta Scott King, to continue Dr. King’s legacy.

If you have time to dedicate to our community, here are three local volunteer opportunities. Check out HandsOn Greater Richmond for more.

  • Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity | Grab a hammer and hard hat to help build homes, landscape or do yard work for families in need. Programs are available for all ages.
  • Better Housing Coalition | The coalition offers in-person and virtual projects with missions like holiday gifts, food and clothing drives for seniors, and health services.
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond | Coach youth sports, build outdoor spaces, or help with food and clothing drives.

Or participate in an event honoring the holiday.

  • Celebrate MLK | Sunday, Jan. 15 | 3 p.m. | Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education, 11810 Centre St. | This Richmond Symphony concert will feature compositions by Black artists, with an emphasis on Virginians, and a performance by Brown Ballerinas for Change.
  • MLK Day of Service and Remembrance | Monday, Jan. 16 | 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | The Black History Museum and Cultural Center, 122 W. Leigh St. | Register to attend the service at the museum and help out at a variety of service projects following the program.
  • Community Conversations | Monday, Jan. 16 | Times vary | University of Richmond | Register to participate in a series of dialogues on King’s legacy and mission.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out more local volunteer opportunities.