26th Annual MLK Day of Service
January 18, 2021

26th Annual MLK Day of Service
January 18, 2021

26th Annual MLK Day of Service
January 18, 2021

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday we celebrate the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy as a national day of service encouraging all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

MLK Day serves as an opportunity for all of us, despite our differences, to unite in service while helping communities that are most in need.

This year, MLK Day is a consequential one. We are grappling with the unprecedented challenges that a global pandemic is placing on our communities. In the midst of a health crisis and a struggling economy, we’re needed to address these issues the only way we can – together.

No matter where you are, or how much time you have on your hands – there are ways you can give back in your community. Most volunteer activities only require an hour or two of your time and all events will be virtual or socially distanced.

You can safely volunteer by following volunteer safety guidelines we produced with the California Department of Public Health linked below.

Join us, as we honor a civil rights leader who manifested some of America’s best values in his work by committing to a service opportunity.

Don’t see your county listed below? Visit #CaliforniansForall to find other volunteer opportunities near you.

Volunteer Opportunities

Alameda County

Organization: City of Oakland
Event: MLK 40 Days of Service

Description: Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are not encouraging groups to come out on Monday, Jan. 18th. Instead, we are asking volunteers to pitch in as individuals and households to clean up as well as pledge to be Oaktown PROUD and commit to actions from your home and local neighborhood!

Day/Time: 01/15/21 – 02/28/21

Location: See specific opportunity for details

Organization: Key Club

Event: MLK Day of Service: Food on Foot

Description: The COVID-19 crisis can be isolating and scary for our homeless neighbors so our club is planning on making cards to be placed in the food bags at a shelter.

Day/Time: 01/17/21, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Location: Virtual opportunity – See event page for Zoom link

Organization: Service for Peace – Bay Area/Oakland

Event: MLK Day of Service – Neighborhood Cleanup

Description: Cleaning and beautifying the neighborhood as we are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, legacy

Day/Time: 01/18/21, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: 1187 Meadow Ln, Concord, CA 94520

Organization: Perfect Strangers

Event: Food Distribution

Description: On MLK Day, we’ll be delivering meals in Oakland, CA as part of our work supporting the City of Oakland’s emergency meal distribution program and we’d love your support.

Day/Time: Mon, Jan 18 – Fri, Jan 22, 10:30am – 12pm PST

Location: This event’s address is private. Sign up for more details.

Butte County

Organization: North State Food Bank – Community Action Agency of Butte County

Event: Food Distribution

Description: Help with the Tailgate Distributions! From late Spring through early Fall, we host food distributions in various locations throughout our service area. You can also work in our food bank warehouse to help pack food boxes.

Day/Time: Times vary, check the distribution calendar

Location: Locations vary. See our calendar.

Contra Costa County

Organization: Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Event: MLK Jr. Family Food Sort

Description: Please join the Food Bank for our Family Food Sort to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by serving people in need in our community. Families with children as young as five years old are invited to bag or box fresh produce at our warehouse.

Day/Time: 1/18/2021 9:00am – 4:00pm Multiple shifts available

Location: Concord and Fairfield CA – Sign up for details

Eureka County

Organization: Food For People

Event: Food distribution

Description: Volunteers needed to help pack food boxes, help distribute food, off-site delivery to those in need.

Day/Time: Times vary throughout the month, please check the monthly calendar for more details.

Location: Distribution sites vary throughout the month, check the January 2021 calendar for more information

Los Angeles County

Organization: L.A. Works

Event: MLK Day of Service 2021: Minecraft Tour Guide & Tech Support: Project Leadership

Description: Zoom in @home for expert speakers, volunteer events, and advocacy actions focusing on the impact of race on food insecurity, homelessness, and the criminal justice system. Join a tour of the National Mall on Minecraft in a virtual March on Washington.

Day/Time: 1/18/2021

Location: Virtual

Organization: L.A. Works

Event: MLK Day of Service 2021

Description: Guide and support volunteers as they immerse themselves in the virtual Minecraft March on Washington exhibit.

Day/Time: 11/30/20 – 01/20/21, Sign-up for more detail

Location: Virtual

Organization: Funzone Reading Club for Homeless Kids

Event: 2021 MLK Day Fun Sports Equipment Drive 4 Homeless- Low-income Kids

Description: Volunteer to collect a backpack full of school supplies, toys, bike, books, video games, or collect sports supplies to be donated at one of our drop off sites.

Day/Time: See link for details.

Location: 488 N.Raymound Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Organization: Pasadena-Altadena Community Youth Assoc.

Event: 2021 MLK DAY Fun Community Clean Up In World Famous Dtla, CA

Description: Joyful volunteers come together to celebrate 2021 Grand reopening of World famous Gladys Park by cleaning out tree wells clean sweep the public sidewalks and bag trash in beautiful world famous Skid Row.

Day/Time: 01/18/21, 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: World Famous Gladys Park 808 E.6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Organization: Pasadena-Altadena Community Youth Assoc.

Event: 2021 MLK Day Fun Ice Cream & Hygiene Kits Give A Way To Homeless US Vets

Description: Join the fun with other Joyful volunteers at our “2021 Day of Service Fun Give Away Tour” by bringing ice cream, cook food dish and or a backpack full of supplies to be distributed to our beloved homeless U.S Vets and other beloved homeless peoples that live on the streets of world-famous Skid Row,CA.

Day/Time: 01/18/21, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: World Famous Gladys Park 808 E.6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Organization: L.A. Works

Event: MLK Day of Service 2021 Volunteer Researcher

Description: Joyful volunteers come together to celebrate 2021 Grand reopening of World famous Gladys Park by cleaning out tree wells clean sweep the public sidewalks and bag trash in beautiful world famous Skid Row.

Day/Time: Jan 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am – Jan 18, 2021 @ 11:30 am

Location: World Famous Gladys Park 808 E.6th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90021

Organization: Pasadena-Altadena Community Youth Association

Event: 2021 MLK DAY Fun Community Clean Up In World Famous Dtla,CA

Description: If you’re interested in deep dives of historical figures this is the project for you! Volunteer researchers will help curate a list of figures of past and present alongside other volunteers to help develop a reference point in our Minecraft recreation of the march on Washington.

Day/Time: 01/13/2021 – 01/18/2021

Location: Virtual

Organization: Perfect Strangers

Event: Food distribution

Description: On MLK Day, we’ll be delivering meals in Los Angeles, CA as part of our work supporting COVID meal distribution. Details are coming together in real-time and we’ll update them soon. We hope you can support through the week and for weeks to come.

Day/Time: Mon, Jan 18 – Tue, Jan 19, 8am – 4pm PST

Location: This event’s address is private. Sign up for more details.

Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma County

Organization: Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership

Event: MLK Day of Service 2021: Operation D.R.E.A.M.

Description: We are requesting your support by donating in-kind new children’s books, pre-packaged/non-perishable snacks, new bookmarks and/or a gift certificate to purchase such items. All donations will be distributed by CVNL to local agencies that champion youth literacy and hunger.

Day/Time: 01/18/21 – 02/19/21

Location: See specific opportunity for details

Mendocino County

Organization: Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program Inc.

Event: Food distribution

Description: Provide nutritious food that supports people in creating a healthier and better life.

Location: 910 N Franklin St., Fort Bragg CA

Day/Time: Distribution: 10-11:30 AM & 12-3 PM

Orange County

Organization: Grandma’s House of Hope

Event: ON-SITE NEED Calling all Warehouse Warriors for MLK Day of Service

Description: GHH Needs Volunteers! Are you an expert organizer? Clean warehouses and inventory efficiency is your thing? Are you able to lift heavy items? Join our volunteer team and assist Grandma’s House of Hope to help organize our donation center!

Location: 12761 Western Avenue, Unit A, Garden Grove, CA 92841

Day/Time: D 01/18/21, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Sacramento County

Organization: St. Paul COGIC

Event: Food Distribution

Description: Volunteers are needed to do the following: 1) put food on pallets 2) direct traffic of incoming people 3) bring bag to people one at a time.

Day/Time: Every Wednesday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Location: 2771 Grove Ave, Sacramento, CA 95815

Organization: St. Paul COGIC

Event: Organize food items

Description: Volunteers are needed to do the following:
1) bag up canned and sorted food items
2) store and organize food by category in tables and in designated areas

Day/Time: Every Tuesday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Location: 2771 Grove Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816

Organization: River City Food Bank

Event: Food Distribution & Food Set Up

Description: Are you an early bird? We always need extra hands to help us prep and set up for our food distribution. The food bank also needs help in the late morning/afternoon to organize and distribute bags of food to people in need.

Day/Time: Set Up: 8:30am -10:30am, Distribution: 10:15am – 2:30pm, (See calendar to select a day that works for you)

Location: Locations at Arden & Midtown. Sign up for more detail.

San Diego County

Organization: Lucky Duck Foundation

Event: Food distribution

Description: Help sort and load boxes into a “pick-up ready” configuration and then load meals into service providers’ vehicles.

Location: Chula Vista, Miramar, San Diego: Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Day/Time: Chula Vista: 7:30 – 9 AM, Miramar: 7:30 – 9 AM, San Diego: 8:15 – 9:15 AM

San Francisco County

Organization: San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Event: Pop up pantry, packing food banks at the warehouse, deliver fresh groceries to homebound recipients

Description: Help in a variety of different programs from our pop up pantries to packing food boxes at our warehouse or delivering fresh groceries to homebound recipients.

Location: Locations vary based on program of interest. See the following link for more information: https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/volunteer/

Day/Time: Times vary based on program of interest.

Organization: Golden Gate Audobon Society

Event: Volunteer with Golden Gate Audubon in Golden Gate Park

Description: Restore white-crowned sparrow and other coast scrub species habitat with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Golden Gate Audubon.

Location: Bison (Buffalo)Paddock, John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA 94121

Day/Time: Flexible Schedule

San Jose County

Organization: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Event: Sort food, food distribution, food deliver, host a virtual food drive

Description: Help us sort and box the fresh produce and healthy groceries we provide to neighbors in our community. Help your neighbors get the nutritious food they need by volunteering at one of our community food distributions. A recurring volunteer activity, load your vehicle and deliver healthy groceries to homes of seniors and other homebound clients in Santa Clara or San Mateo County. Virtual food drives – a.k.a. fundraisers – are a great way to support the cause. Create a customized fundraising page, spread the word and raise critical support.

Location: 4001 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95134

Day/Time: Varies on position

San Mateo County

Organization: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Event: Fight Hunger! MLK Center Food Distribution

Description: Food distribution is a hands-on volunteer activity. Activities could include assisting with room set up, unloading and moving food from pallets to the distribution center; sorting and distributing food; and clean up.

Day/Time: Every Tuesday. Choose a shift that works best for you

Location: Martin Luther King Center, 725 Monte Diablo, San Mateo, CA 94401

Santa Clara County

Organization: Our City Forest

Event: MLK Day of Service

Description: Join Our City Forest in effecting a positive impact on our community this year! Help us connect with the community and volunteer to help us create a local scavenger hunt or decorate signs to help identify species in our urban forests!

Day/Time: 01/18/21, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Virtual opportunity

Santa Cruz County

Organization: YouthSERVE

Event: Writing Hope into Our World At Home Project

Description: Join us from home to celebrate MLK Day by writing a letter of encouragement, support, or thanks to the organization or nonprofit of your choice. You are welcome to write to a social justice organization in Santa Cruz County or across the nation!

Day/Time: Volunteers needed through 01/22/21

Location: At-home opportunity

Shasta County

Organization: Dignity Health Connected Living’s Food Bank

Event: Onsite and offsite food distribution

Description: Help provide food for our communities with distributions on-site at our Redding location or off-site at many locations around the county.

Day/Time: Call (530) 226-3071 for specific hours

Location: 100 Mercy Oaks Drive, Redding CA 96003

Additional Service Opportunities

Organization: #CaliforniansForAll

Event: Check in on your neighbor

Description: Calling all Neighbors! Check-in on your neighbors to make sure they have access to food and necessary supplies. By signing up, you are pledging to do this simple yet impactful task.

Day/Time: Ongoing

Location: Virtual or from Home

Organization: Multiple

Event: Donate Blood

Description: Blood donation is essential amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The need for blood is constant, make an appointment today.

Day/Time: Make an appointment

Location: Multiple (find one near you)

Organization: #CaliforniansForAll

Event: Safely Make Masks & Face Coverings for your Community

Description: Masks and face coverings can slow the spread of the virus. By following safety guidelines you can safely equip your community, friends and loved ones with a face covering.

Day/Time: Ongoing

Location: From home

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