The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.
Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
25 North Coast Community Service Ideas to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
1. Make a plan for neighbors to check on each other and help each other out (pick up groceries when somebody's sick, make sure everybody's safe, take turns mowing the lawn of somebody who can't do it themselves, etc).
2. Buy a cup of coffee for somebody who seems like she might appreciate some kindness.
3. Start a skill-share co-op with neighbors or other community members.
4. Create a tool library in your neighborhood.
5. Make a plan for neighbors to come together and plant a community garden, plant trees, or come together on another project that would benefit the neighborhood.
6. Start a fundraiser for somebody in the community that could use some extra help.
7. Pick up trash and dog poop on your street.
8. Find ways to support community organizations and groups that provide community and services to marginalized groups and others who are less represented on the North coast.
9. Talk to people who are without housing, are struggling to get by, or otherwise have limited resources and ask them what they need. Organize others to lift their voices and find solutions.
10. Stay informed on the needs of immigrants and learn how you can help.
11. Clean out your basement and share all working and in good shape items you're not using through your neighborhood Buy Nothing Group.
12. Make a financial donation to an existing local community organization.
13. Organize a neighborhood food drive for a local food bank.