the
Martin Luther King Jr.
2016 National Day of Service
Volunteer Opportunities

Serve for a Cause

Disaster & Emergency Services
Family Services
Hunger & Homelessness
Civic & Community
Health & Wellness
Senior Services

 

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." Find your greatness this MLK Day.

 

 

 

Children & Youth Education

College Application Assistance for Latino Community
with Latino U College Access, Inc.
in White Plains on Sunday, January 17th
from 12 - 2pm  [sign up]
from  3  - 5pm  [sign up]

By giving a few hours of your day, you can impact the next four years! How? Help a first generation college bound student complete their FAFSA forms and make their family proud! Minimum age to volunteer is 21.

 

 


Disaster & Emergency Services

2-1-1 Disaster Volunteer Preparedness
with United Way of Westchester and Putnam
in White Plains on Saturday, January 16th
from 9:30 - 11:30am | Minimum age: 18+

Become a trained 2-1-1 disaster helpline operator. Give back to your community when most needed by helping your neighbors after a disaster strikes, find the resources they need to rise up from tragedy.

 

Family Services

Clothing Sort for Children in Need
with Family Services of Westchester (FSW's The Sharing Shelf)
in Port Chester on Saturday, January 16th
from 10am - 1pm | Family-Friendly for ages 10+

Show off your fashion skills by sorting and packing outfits for girls and boys in need. By sorting, tagging, and putting together a weeks' worth of outfits for children you can help make difficult times in their lives a bit easier. 
 

 


Brunch at Ronald McDonald House
with Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley
in Valhalla on Saturday, January 16th
from 8:30am - 12pm | Family-Friendly for ages 4+

Project Full

Make a family feel at home with a brunch cooked and served at the Ronald McDonald House and start their day with a smile.

 



Clothing Sorting, Coordinating and Packing
with WJCS - Kid's Kloset
in White Plains on Saturday, January 16th
from 10am - 1pm | Family-Friendly for ages 12+

Project Full

When a child looks good, they feel better. Sort and pack a weeks’ worth of matching clothes for a child in need
 

 


Create & Wrap Birthday Boxes
with Nyack Center
in Nyack on Saturday, January 16th
from 10am - 12pm | Family-Friendly for ages 5+

Project Full

Once a year, every child should feel like a king or queen. Pack birthday boxes for kids who may otherwise not experience their birthday celebration during a time of need. These boxes light up the room and a child’s face!

 



Create Craft Bags for Children in Shelters
with My Sisters' Place
in White Plains on Saturday, January 16th
from 10am - 12pm | Family-Friendly for ages 5+

Project Full

For children who come into a shelter setting, whether for a day or several weeks, arts and crafts can help ease that transition. Be part of making a child’s difficult situation, just a little easier.
 

 


Updating & Sorting Magazines
with New Rochelle Public Library
in New Rochelle on Saturday, January 16th
from 10am - 12pm | Family-Friendly for ages 5+

Project Full

What happens to old magazines at the library? They get stored for reference of course. Help sort prior years’ issues and label them for storage and then future sale.



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Hunger & Homelessness

Food Drive & Pantry Re-stocking
with Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
in Mount Kisco on Saturday, January 16th
from 4 - 5pm | Family-Friendly for ages 8+

Project Full

Volunteer together as a family and support the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.

 



Seed Library Organizing
with Our New Way Garden
in Harrison on Friday, January 15th
from 9:30 - 11am | Family-Friendly for ages 3+

Project Full

Start the new year off with the smallest seed . . . that will turn into next year’s plants at the community garden.

 



Winter Food Drive & Delivery
with Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
in Tarrytown/Westchester from Monday, January 11th - Friday the 15th
Drop off times are from 9am - 3pm each day
Family-Friendly for ages 4+

Still feeling stuffed for the holidays? The food pantries are feeling empty. Help re-stock the shelves. Hold a food drive in your neighborhood, school, office, or place of worship during the week of January 11th-15th.
 

 


Prep & Organize Food Pantry
with Community Service Associates
in Mt. Vernon on Friday, January, 15th
from 1 - 3pm | Family-Friendly for ages 14+

Volunteers are needed to help support and brighten up the food pantry at Community Service Associates, which serves food to Mt. Vernon residents in-need.

 

 

 

Mid-Day Run Food Distribution to Needy
with 'LIFE' Progressive Services Group, Inc.
in Mt. Vernon on Saturday, January 16th
from 2pm - 4pm | Family-Friendly for ages 15+

Project Full

Bring joy to a Mt. Vernon resident by delivering food mid-day.



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Civic & Community

Painting at Huguenot Children's Library
with New Rochelle Public Library
in New Rochelle on Saturday, January 16th
from 9am - 2pm | Family-Friendly for ages 15+

Project Full

Help refresh and bring some color to the Huguenot Children's Library as a community!
 

 


Painting at New Rochelle Public Library
with New Rochelle Public Library
in New Rochelle on Saturday, January 16th
from 9am - 2pm | Family-Friendly for ages 15+

Project Full

Help refresh and support the education & literacy efforts of the New Rochelle Public Library.

 

 


Painting at The Carver Center
with The Carver Center
in Port Chester on Saturday, January 16th
from 9am - 2pm | Family-Friendly for ages 16+

Project Full

Help refresh, restore and bring some color to the Port Chester Carver learning center as part of this community project!

 

 


Warehouse Organizing & Stocking
with Furniture Sharehouse
in White Plains on Saturday, January 16th
from 9:30 - 11:30am | Family-Friendly for ages 15+

Support Westchester's only furniture bank and help change the lives of families in need.




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Green Chimneys Cabin Beautification
with Green Chimneys
in Carmel on Saturday, January 16th
from 10am - 1pm | Family-Friendly for ages 14+

Project Full

Support the year-round outdoor environmental education and wildlife efforts of Green Chimneys.




Science Barge Beautification
with Groundwork Hudson Valley
in Yonkers on Saturday, January 16th
from 10:30am - 3pm | Family-Friendly for ages 9+

Project Full

A floating farm, off the grid, fully self-sustainable . . . but not self-cleaning. Pitch in and clean the barge and ready it for next year’s programs for the community.



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Health & Wellness

Learn Hands-Only CPR and Save a Life!
with Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc.
in Spring Valley on Saturday, January 16th
from 10am - 12pm | Family-Friendly for ages 14+

Learn how to be a life saver with hands only CPR training. Training that will last a lifetime.



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Senior Services

Games with Nursing Home Residents
with St. Joseph's Hospital Nursing Home
in Yonkers on Saturday, January 16th
from 10:30am - 12pm | Family-Friendly for ages 14+

Project Full

Spend time with the residents of St. Joseph's Nursing Home playing bingo and brightening their day with your company and visit. Spend one-on-one time with them and make a difference for them and enact one of Martin Luther King's most powerful messages of "doing for others."

 


MLK Tribute & Social Time
with Residents of Schaffer Extended Care Ctr.
with One Change at a Time
in New Rochelle on Saturday, January 16th
from 2pm - 4pm | Family-Friendly for ages 5+

Bring some joy to the residents by spending time with them. Play games, listen to a reciting of the MLK “I have a dream" speech and learn from those who have experienced the world through a whole different lens.
 

 


Painting at Intergenerational Day Care
with My Second Home of FSW
in Mount Kisco on Saturday January 16th
from 9am - 2pm | Minimum age: 22+

Project Full

This project supports everyone: brighten up the lives of youth and seniors on this MLK day of service.

 



Social Time with Seniors
with Somers Manor Nursing Home
in Somers on Saturday, January 16th
from 2pm - 4pm | Family-Friendly for ages 5+

The hottest new game is JINGO and the residents love to play it. (Not Bingo . . . it's really called JINGO). Spend a few hours with some seniors who will appreciate your time and smile.



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What is the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day of Service?

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
 
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

 

Learn About Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.




Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era and a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.
 
Following in the footsteps of his father, in February 1948, at the age of 19, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. entered the Christian ministry and was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1954, upon completion of graduate studies at Boston University, he accepted a call to serve at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. While there, he was an instrumental leader in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by the nonviolent resistance and arrest of Rosa Parks. Dr. King was arrested 30 times for his participation in civil rights activities.
 
While Dr. King preached about justice, empowerment, love and peace, in the final months of his life, his attention was turned to fighting poverty. Sadly, more Americans live in poverty today than during Dr. King's lifetime. Forty-seven million Americans currently fall below the poverty line.