MLK DAY OF SERVICE

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW

"Everyone can be great because everybody can serve."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a perfect way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community, big and small, a better place.

This national day of service helps to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Make your plans and serve in any way you can now.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

family

FAMILY

Help a sibling with their homework, clean your room without being asked, cook dinner one night, any kindness you can think of for your family

neighborhood

NEIGHBORHOOD

Rake your neighbor's yard, pick up trash on your street, anything you can think of to help someone out or brighten their day

cityscape

COMMUNITY

Clean out your bedroom closets and drawers for old clothes you've out grown and take them to a local donation center, check your kitchen pantry for extra food cans and take them to a local food pantry

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

From the comfort of your own home, we are asking you to record a video of yourself completing a STEAM-related activity that can be easily replicated. Our goal is to provide families with resources and tools that will keep youth engaged during these unprecedented times.  While many children may have found these subjects to be challenging or boring in the past, the STEAM Bank will allow them to embrace these subjects in a safe, new way. Most importantly, they increase their critical thinking skills, as well as spark interests in careers that will produce sustainable income for their futures.

Brought to you from the Youth United Board!  While students, children & families are spending more time at home during the COVID outbreak, parents are taking on the full-time childcare and education of their children. United Way is here to bring a virtual ray of sunshine, by providing a platform for online storytime! Volunteers can submit a short video of themselves reading their favorite childhood storybook for United Way's Learning Spaces. We encourage you to be creative and, most of all, have fun!

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity (Virtual/Remote)

Volunteer virtually or from home to support Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. There are a variety of ways you can get involved such as letter writing to new Habitat homebuyers, building hands-on projects to donate to homebuyers or check out all the other ways to support. Please contact Shelby Susnick at shelby.susnick@atlantahabitat.org with any questions about volunteering.

YMCA early learning programs provide an engaging curriculum that prepare preschoolers to enter Kindergarten on a path to read to learn by third grade and develop healthy habits in a fun, safe, supportive environment. Volunteer to read with students virtually by emailing Chaundra Johnson at ChaundraJ@ymcaatlanta.org to schedule a date. Volunteers can engage students live or record videos of themselves reading their favorite books!

DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Donate to support the homeless men women and children served by the Gateway Center. Donations requested include a variety of meal kits with healthy, non-perishable snack options, hygiene kits that contain essentials (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloth, etc.) or put together welcome home kits with all the goods needed to complete a new home for homeless individuals transitioning into housing. Items for Welcome Home kits may include products such as bath towels, dish soap, sponges, glassware, utensils, etc. To donate, please contact Rebecca Cranford at rcranford@gatewayctr.org.

InTown Collaborative Ministries is in need of hygiene items to best meet the needs of their food pantry clients. Volunteers may host a drive or collect supplies. Basic items like soap, toothpaste and shampoo are desired. To donate supplies, please contact Laura at laura.degroot@intowncm.org.

Jerusalem House provides permanent supportive housing for low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. They are in need of hygiene/household items for the residents in their Adult Program and the Family Program. Volunteers are needed to purchase items including a basket, bar soap, hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, face cloths and bath towels. Most of these items can be purchase from a nearby Dollar Tree/Family Dollar. To donate kits, please contact Robin Reid at robin@jerusalemhouse.org to schedule a donation drop-off.

Mary Hall Freedom House's Donna Center is in need of hygiene items to best meet the needs of their women and children residing in the shelter and participating in programs. Volunteers may host a drive or collect supplies. Basic items like soap, toothpaste and shampoo are desired. To donate supplies, please contact Carolyn at Carolyn.Gilliard@mhfh.org.