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."

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Donation Drive for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Hosted by:
Human Rights Campaign San Diego
Sunday, January 17th

HRC San Diego's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service activity is underway for San Diego LGBTQIA+ homeless youth and they need your support for donation items. This year they are collecting donations, specific items needed for each organization. On Sunday, January 17, 2021 donations will be sorted and delivered to San Diego Youth Services, Doors of Change, Urban Street Angels, SDUSD Homeless Intake Program and other local organizations supporting homeless youth. Their goal this year is to collect the items listed here and on their Amazon wishlist or cash donations so items can be purchased.


Is your organization hosting a service opportunity for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and would like it listed? Contact us at info@handsonsandiego.org.