For 30 years, AmeriCorps has led the MLK Day of Service, bringing Americans together to build bridges and heal divides across the nation.
In 1994, Congress tasked AmeriCorps with leading Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, to encourage all Americans to volunteer to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and improve their communities. Today, Americans and the world face compounding heartbreaking tragedy, highlighting inequities and injustices everywhere. Despite changing times, the importance of service remains unchanged – to overcome the forces that try to divide us, to see each other’s humanity, and give our neighbors a helping hand.
For three decades, @AmeriCorps has been honored to lead the #MLKDayOfService and unite Americans to build the #BelovedCommunity. As you serve to make Dr. King's dream a reality, grab your #MondayMotivation from @TheKingCenter's CEO, @BerniceKing. #MLKDay #AmeriCorps30 pic.twitter.com/GD6w0Ttvjw— AmeriCorps (@AmeriCorps) January 15, 2024
This MLK Day 2024, thousands of Americans nationwide united to build the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dreams. Volunteers distributed fresh food, revamped their local schools, assembled care packages, and so much more to strengthen their communities.
Each year, MLK Day Champions, organizations, and nonprofits from across the country join AmeriCorps and the King Center to honor Dr. King’s legacy and create lasting change for our communities.
Check out some of the MLK Day service projects from across the nation:
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
As an organization steeped in service and an AmeriCorps MLK Day Champion, the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. showed up and showed out. From coast to coast, chapters of their sorority united to feed veterans, provide resources to expecting parents, host MLK Day marches and celebrations, and more. Listen to Zeta Phi Beta President and CEO Dr. Stace NC Grant on the AmeriCorps podcast, Unheard Voices of Service, discuss whether Dr. King's dream still carries weight today and how service can take us from charity to justice.
City of Orlando
As an MLK Champion, the City of Orlando united its residents to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through service. Together they kicked off MLK Day with U.S. Hunger to pack one million meals to assist those struggling with food security. In the suburbs, 130 volunteers and their GreenUp initiative came together for a beautification project, planting 50 trees, mulching, and cleaning up litter.
Civic Works in the Snow
It may have been cold and snowing but that didn’t stop volunteers serving with Civic Works. Their volunteers braved the icy weather to clean up our community outdoor spaces.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our MLK Day of Service this morning! 👏 Give a special applause to those who showed up for our outdoor projects!— Civic Works, Inc. (@CivicWorksInc) January 15, 2024
Check out our volunteer superstars cleaning up community spaces at Herring Run Parks and Hilltop Drive out in the snow! 🌱❄️ pic.twitter.com/CLfXSwTwK6
Reading Partners Combat Hunger
In Colorado, Reading Partners joined forces with Volunteers of America and our AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP program to get things done for food and housing security in their community. United they spent the day of service building pantry boxes and hygiene kits for their neighbors.
President Biden Fired Up and Ready to Serve
President Biden joined AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith, Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle L. Parker, and AmeriCorps members with Philabundance. They honored Dr. King’s Legacy by spending the day packing boxes of food to help the community fight hunger.
This afternoon I visited Philabundance, a hunger relief organization in Philadelphia, in honor of Dr. King.— President Biden (@POTUS) January 15, 2024
As we commemorate Dr. King, we must continue his unfinished struggle to perfect our union.
To see each other as neighbors and not enemies.
And to do our best to seek a… pic.twitter.com/P9ZHcKCEOf
Thank you to everyone who helped bring in 2024 by taking action and showing up for your neighbors!
In the last 30 years, we’ve seen how service transforms communities and lives – from young people channeling their passions into purpose and careers to older folks passing down wisdom while building meaning and fulfillment in their own lives. AmeriCorps members turn one year of service into a lifetime of giving back. During our 30th anniversary, we celebrate and usher in the next era of service to see how it will continue to evolve to meet our country’s ever-changing needs and deliver on the promise of Dr. King’s example.
As the year continues, we encourage you to keep the momentum going. Find volunteer opportunities, help others, and honor Dr. King’s legacy throughout the rest of the year.