Submitted by eschneider on Tue, 01/25/2022 - 19:06
AmeriCorps Staff

From coast to coast, thousands of Americans showed up to serve and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are grateful for you and all the volunteers who used our search tool to find opportunities near them. We also extend our gratitude to our partners and grantees who provided projects and opportunities.

We invite you to continue using our search tool to find and share volunteer opportunities. Learn more about how to register your episodic or national day of service opportunities.

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Thank You to Our MLK Day Grantees

Below is a small sampling of how MLK Day grantees gave back to their communities this year. Please visit our MLK Day webpage for more photos and a full list of our 2022 MLK Day Grantees to see how they are working in their communities throughout the year. You also can learn about funding opportunities with AmeriCorps.

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Mission Continues

The Mission Continues

Serve DC partnered with The Mission Continues and the Garfield Terrace Resident Council to update the roof top garden, install and activate an inside food growing space, and beautify the indoor facilities for residents. AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith volunteered with this project and served with OMB Director Shalanda Young (pictured top right) and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough (pictured bottom left). The Mission Continues hosted additional projects across the country.

MLK Day volunteers at the Center for Food Action

Center for Food Action, New Jersey

Over MLK Day weekend, volunteers gathered in schools and houses of worship to pack weekend snack packs or distribute packs and companion boxes. These volunteers helped children and families who are experiencing food insecurity.

Hands on Atlanta volunteers on MLK Day

Hands on Atlanta

On MLK Day, 1,500 volunteers and participants attended over 200 volunteer projects and events, supporting 60 nonprofits and schools.

A New York Cares volunteer on MLK Day

New York Cares

New York Cares and the Home Depot Foundation created a series of projects in the South Bronx. A new jungle-themed library, a reorganized food pantry, and warm winter coats are just a few of the ways volunteers showed up to drive sustainable change.

Marietta College volunteers on MLK Day

Marietta College

Students and employees participated in a number of service projects on and off campus with projects related to food insecurity, child welfare, suicide prevention, dental health, women’s issues, mental health services, economic development, history, and murals at Marietta Elementary School and Campus Martius Museum.

United Way Augusta volunteers on MLK Day

United Way of the CSRA

They hosted a toiletry drive to provide emergency hygiene kits to households in need. Some of the most needed items include travel size hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, winter gloves, beanies, and neck warmers.

Stephen F. Austin State University volunteers on MLK Day

Stephen F. Austin State University

From porch painting and park cleaning to garden maintenance, hundreds of Lumberjacks volunteered for the day of service.

Thank You to all MLK Day Volunteers

The MLK Day of Service has grown as more Americans embrace taking an active role in their neighborhoods to help improve their communities.

See How Volunteers Served Across the Country

Mission Continues

Volunteers across the country united to honor Dr. King's legacy of service and sacrifice. Take a look at the good deeds and do-gooders in action from around the country.

View our MLK Day Twitter Moment

Share Your Service Story


We’re always looking for service stories. Please share your story on our website, or tag AmeriCorps in your social media posts.

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Commit to Serve on MLK Day and Beyond

We hope MLK Day will not just be a single day of service but an opportunity for Americans to begin building a lifetime of service by volunteering on a regular basis or committing to national service with AmeriCorps.

Take the Pledge


Let us know you’re committed to volunteering in your community in 2022 and beyond. Take the pledge to serve today! 

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A Guide to Volunteering on MLK Day of Service and Beyond | Opinion by Michael D. Smith

The Hill

"[Dr. King] believed the only way to make the Beloved Community a reality, was to roll up our sleeves and work for it everyday. His example is our call to action."

Read in The Hill

Thank you

Thank you, again for stepping up on Monday, Jan. 17, to help create the Beloved Community of Dr. King's dream. We look forward to working with you again next MLK Day and throughout the rest of the year. To learn more about MLK Day, visit