We know that volunteering is a big part of building our careers and our communities. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, check out some volunteer opportunities below.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Across the United States, businesses and schools will close so people can celebrate the memory of one of history’s most important figures. If you’d like do some volunteer work this weekend to commemorate the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Idealist has you covered.
Let’s start on the East Coast
- New Yorkers who are tired of watching the Knicks and the Nets can still get their basketball fix by volunteering at a tournament hosted by New York State of Mind, while more artistic city dwellers should head over to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty to paint a senior residence.
- If you happen to be on Cape Cod this weekend, AmeriCorps is calling for over 200 volunteers to engage in everything from gardening, arts and crafts, and visiting patients in hospitals. Check it out here.
- In a similar fashion, Art Sphere is organizing a volunteer event in Philadelphia where you can paint murals, make cards for soldiers, and clean up a playground.
Head further south…
- In Maryland, help out the International Cultural Center in Montgomery or do some outdoor work with the Rock Creek Conservancy in Bethesda.
- In Dr. King’s home state of Georgia you can aid senior citizens by doing yard work and get some exercise too!
- Or join the fight against hunger by packaging meals with Feeding Children Everywhere in Longwood, Florida.
For the Midwest
- Remove invasive shrubs with Natural Area Preservation in Ann Arbor, or keep hospitalized kids company in Grand Rapids.
- In Minnesota, Second Harvest Heartland wants volunteers to sort and re-pack food, while in Iowa Casa Guanajuato needs some extra hands to put together various donations for charity.
- If green energy is your thing, work with Groundwork Denver for a day offering to change out front porch light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. For free or course!
Finally, the West Coast
- On the West Coast, plants some trees in Washington or try one of five different activities organized by Hands on Greater Portland.
- If you’re in the San Francisco area, you’re in luck: you can do some outdoor work in Petaluma or in San Jose, fix up a building in Santa Cruz, or work with Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco.
This weekend, there’s no reason not to get out and help a local organization do some good! And if you can’t make it to one of these great events, check out volunteer listings on Idealist anytime to find a way you can help make a difference.