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“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will come together on Monday, January 17, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and to provide acts of service to our communities.

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage us to volunteer to improve our communities. The day of service is a call to act on Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and equity.

In Memphis, Volunteer Memphis and Leadership Memphis encourage us to Care Like King with several days of service – January 13-17. Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities, including gardening, park cleanup, blood drives and more.

Volunteer Memphis and other local organizations are hosting a Care Like the King MLK Health + Wellness Bash from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday, January 15. The event will feature COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, HIV testing, games, food, door prizes, a fitness coach, a live DJ and more. The bash will be at the Hollywood Community Center, Hickory Hill Community Center and the Baptist Women’s Health Center. Learn more.

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Can’t make it to these events? No worries! Volunteer Memphis has a list of other ways you can give back during these Days of Service:

  • Donate blood
  • Clean and organize your pantry and donate to the Mid-South Food Bank
  • Offer to walk dogs in your neighborhood
  • Make a grocery store or errand run for someone who cannot get out on their own
  • Organize a neighborhood clean-up on your block with your family
  • Do a wellness check on distant friends and family who may be struggling during the pandemic
  • Volunteer at a crisis text hotline
  • Donate lunches to essential workers

AmeriCorps, which leads the National Day of Service efforts, also has a list of volunteer opportunities.

Visit the Volunteer Memphis site for more ideas.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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