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MLK Day Toolkit

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Project Ideas and Tips

Find self-starter project ideas, tips, and resources to get started planning your MLK Day project below. Remember to register your service project with us so we can help spread the word about your event and inspire others to serve. Find more resources and events from the King Center.  

Recruit and Train Volunteers

Take advantage of this day off to train volunteers to serve throughout the year. They will leave prepared to be effective volunteers and help you accomplish your mission.

Host a Discussion

Assist with Job Readiness

Help people in your community get job ready:

  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills
  • Dressing for success
  • Research training programs
  • Help individuals complete a job application or application for a training program

Address Food Insecurity

  • Serve meals at a homeless shelter
  • Bring meals to homebound neighbors and consider signing up to be a regular volunteer with local meal delivery services like Meals on Wheels
  • Organize a food drive or even start or plan a community garden. When organizing a food drive make sure to check with the food pantry or food bank to see what’s needed and how you can be most helpful.
  • Teach healthy eating on a budget
  • Sign up for the End Hunger Challenge, a five-day online curriculum from the Congressional Hunger Center.

Promote Healthy Futures

Beautify the Community

  • Remove graffiti from a building and paint a mural
  • Create community green spaces by planting trees, grass, and flowers, especially in locations that may lack adequate green space
  • Reclaim a park or abandoned space for community use
  • Become a volunteer with a local, state, or national park

Prepare the Community for Emergency and Crisis Situations

Provide Other Community Service to Neighbors and Families

  • Help low-income families find free tax preparation services and take advantage of the earned income tax credit 
  • Shovel elderly neighbors' walkways, clear leaves or help with other yard maintenance
  • Participate in or create a neighborhood watch program
  • Install smoke detectors or distribute batteries and install new batteries for those who have detectors. (Check with your local Red Cross and/or Fire Department to understand the greatest need.)
  • Weatherize homes (Local churches may have a good idea of community members who need assistance.)
  • Get free tools to help you run a coat or clothing drive in your community. 
  • Volunteer with the National Alliance to End Homelessness and participate in the Point-in-Time Count to help those experiencing homelessness in your community.

Help New Refugees

Learn how you can help refugees and take action on MLK Day.

Support Those Who Are Recovering from Disasters

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster serves as a clearing house for anyone who wants to help communities and individuals recover from disasters. Learn about what you can do.

Combat Climate Change

Supporting P-12 Student Success

  • Focus on recruiting and training additional volunteers for high impact, student-support roles such as tutors, mentors, student success coaches, and post-secondary transition coaches
  • Host training or conduct a FAFSA completion event to help student access federal student aid
  • Support students to draft or revise college admissions essays
  • Host a career fair to provide middle and high school students with an opportunity to learn about various career paths that are available at local companies
  • Help students prepare for and lead a discussion or presentation about Dr. King’s life and teachings for community members
  • Beautify school buildings and grounds to provide a welcoming environment for students and educators
  • Partnering with a local organization or educators, create take home activities that preschool students can do with their families to get ready for kindergarten (e.g., letter recognition games, board games that allow students to practice using numbers 1-10, etc.)
  • Host a clothing/coat drive for students and families
  • Engage students of all ages in real-world science


Project Ideas to Honor the King Day of Service 2024

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Project Ideas That Support P-12 Student Success for the King Day of Service 2024

Wednesday, Nov. 8

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Best Practices in Volunteer Mobilization, Management, and Reflection for the King Day of Service 2024

Wednesday, Nov. 15

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Tools and Resources to Promote, Engage, and Tell Your 2024 King Day of Service Story

Wednesday, Dec. 6

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