MLK Day of Service is a federal holiday dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his legacy and passion for serving others.

Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Opportunities in the Community: 

Playground Build Kick-off @ Future Achievers Preschool
Hosted by:
Logan Heights CDC & The Mission Continues
9:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday, January 19th
Logan Heights

Join us to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in partnership with the Logan Heights Community Development Corporation at Future Achievers Preschool. The preschool recently achieved STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) accreditation. We will be leading the playground build kick-off! The kick-off includes building a paint station, garden beds, picnic tables, and much more.

Volunteer or Donate for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Hosted by:
Human Rights Campaign
10:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday, January 20th
North Park

On January 20th, we're gathering volunteers at the Lafayette Hotel to separate the items and then put together cinch backpacks that will be donated to the San Diego Youth Services, San Diego Unified Schools and other local organizations who help homeless youth (of which more than 20% are LGBTQ). 

11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Service
Hosted by:
First United Methodist Church of San Diego
8:45AM - 12:00PM
Monday, January 21st
Balboa Park

This remarkable event will bring together people of different faiths and cultural backgrounds for a wonderful morning of community service, fun and camaraderie. Families are encouraged to participate together in this hands-on community service day for all ages.

MLK Day of Service - Community and Beach Cleanup
Hosted by:
Beautiful MB
9:30am - 11:30am
Monday, January 21st
Mission Beach

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a "day on, not a day off." A perfect way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Beautiful MB is hosting a Community & Beach Cleanup and we need your help to make sure trash (especially plastics and cigarette butts) don’t litter our community where they are destined to make their way into our waterways and oceans.

39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
​Hosted by: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 
2:00PM - 5:00PM
Monday, January 21st
Downtown San Diego

Join us on Harbor Drive Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

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