“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

MLK Day serves as an opportunity for all of us, despite our differences, to unite in service to help our communities prosper and thrive. As we continue to grapple with a global pandemic, learning loss, climate change, and so much more, the time to take action is now.

This MLK Day and the month of January, National Mentoring Month, we are encouraging Californians across the state to volunteer their time mentoring, tutoring, and aiding our youth in realizing their full potential.

Click here to read Governor Gavin Newsom’s letter on the importance of mentoring this January and beyond.

California Volunteers is a proud coalition member of READY SET,  a national tutor, mentor, and service recruitment campaign with the goal of connecting volunteers to students in need of support.

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 the heathy and safety of our communities is our top priority.

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

Join us in honoring a Civil Rights leader who manifested some of America’s best values in his work by committing to a volunteer opportunity today.