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Give Back to Your Community Through These Helpful Volunteer Organizations

Updated: Jan 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, acting as a call to action for Americans far and wide to make a positive impact in their communities in honor of the legacy of Dr. King.

To help promote the day of service each each year, AmeriCorps has a helpful search tool that allows you to find volunteer opportunities near you. It also promotes a volunteer pledge, to help prospective volunteers commit to serving and gain quick access to volunteer opportunities.

Here are just a few of the volunteer opportunities offered by AmeriCorps in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida.

New York

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MLK Serve-a-Thon

Hosted by Hunger Free America, take part in a variety of in-person and virtual speaking engagements and volunteer opportunities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Package Care Kits for Neighbors in Need

Help Repair the World New York compile winter and menstrual care kits for those in need. Repair the World is working with charitable organizations throughout Brooklyn to distribute the kits.

Volunteer at Community Meal

This MLK Day, the Hunger Free America NYC Parks Stewardship will celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by calling upon volunteers to assist in preparing and serving hot meals, sandwiches, and dinner bags to community members in need.

New Jersey

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Fight Food Waste and Hunger in Hoboken

Help Rescuing Leftover Cuisine retrieve donation-ready food from vendors and restaurants throughout Hoboken.

Help Sort Coat Donations

Charitable organization Jersey Cares needs volunteers to help sort and organize coat donations in-person at our container sites across the state.

Laundry Donation Drive-Up

In observance of the holiday, AmeriCorps and the Jewish Renaissance Foundation will be holding a laundry donation drive-up receiving donations of products, for families and homeless individuals.


Connecticut MLK day

Hospice Volunteers Needed

VITAS Healthcare in Greenwich is seeking volunteers to visit hospice patients and provide a friendly interaction and presence for them and their families.

Become an Emergency Stock Person

Danbury Hospital is seeking individuals to train for positions to help stock medical supplies and other items in Danbury Hospital's emergency department.

Cat Care Volunteer

Join Strays & Others in feeding, cleaning, caring for, and interacting with local stray cats, as well as dogs in foster care.


Florida MLK Day

Collect Soda Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Help the Ronald McDonald House of South Florida collect pop tabs from canned beverages and food items, which will be brought to the recycling center to fund the organization.

Volunteer with the Boynton Beach Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen has weekly opportunities for volunteers to help prepare and serve foods in the kitchen and for Meals on Wheels.

Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida offers opportunities to donate food and help the organization sort and package food for distribution.

Click here to search MLK Day of Service opportunities near you.

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