Local volunteer opportunities for MLK Day

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

Two ladies taping up boxes smiling

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

Photo provided by God’s Pantry Food Bank

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January. 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:

  • Trinity Habitat for Humanity | No construction experience is needed to help build and repair homes.
  • YMCA | Find a volunteer opportunity that fits into your schedule and provides mentoring for local children in athletics.
  • True Worth Place | Serve meals to 200-300 people per day, teach classes, and help guests apply for jobs online in order for them to get back on their feet.

Opal Lee and Brenda Polk carried the banner at the MLK memorial walk along Rosedale Street in 1986.

Photo courtesy of the UTA Libraries.

Aside from lending a hand, you can also commemorate MLK by attending the 38th Annual MLK Parade and Rally in downtown at 11 a.m. See floats, classic cars, and walking groups commemorating Dr. King’s dream and celebrating unity, followed by a rally in Sundance Square.

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