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In order to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a meaningful and engaging day off from work and school, ...

Seven MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities

January 11th, 2016

In order to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a meaningful and engaging day off from work and school, the Volunteer Center has identified many ways to get involved on this day dedicated to service. On Monday, January 18, the Volunteer Center will be hosting a One Bus, One Cause project at the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center. Volunteers will participate in building a planter garden, painting murals, and beautifying the spaces used for youth activities. To register and learn more about the Wooten Center and other upcoming One Bus, One Cause projects, visit

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Additional Martin Luther King Jr. Day revitalization projects include L.A. Works project at Woodcrest Elementary School, which encourages participants to make Martin Luther King Day a “Day On, Not a Day Off,” and projects held at Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms throughout LA.  Campus beautification and gardening projects will take place at Edison Middle School, West Hollywood Elementary School, and Augustus Hawkins High School. Big Sunday will also host their 4th Annual MLK Day Clothing Drive & Community Breakfast.

For more information about Martin Luther King Jr. Day projects or to submit another project happening in your neighborhood, visit the Center’s Volunteer Opportunity Database.

One Bus, One Cause – UCLA Volunteer Center
9106 S Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047
The Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in South LA provides a nurturing environment where boys and girls in grades 3-12 can participate in individualized tutoring, monthly college and career days, and more. UCLA volunteers will assist with building a planter garden, painting murals, and beautifying the spaces used for youth activities. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation will be provided. Registration required.

City Year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
825 W. 60th St., Los Angeles CA 90044 | 213-596-5895
Join City Year and more than 1000 volunteers for a powerful day of service. In just one day, you will make a high-need school a more vibrant and engaging learning environment where students can truly thrive. Service projects include painting educational murals, inspirational quotes, and college logos.

Head Start Service Day
Multiple locations | 562-469-4514
Join other volunteers, parents, and staff to help beautify and clean up one of nine children’s Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms. Planned projects include: planting, organizing outside storage bins, small painting projects, raking, sweeping, small repairs, and hosing down play yards and playground equipment.

Edison Middle School Service Day
6500 Hooper Ave., Los Angeles CA 90001 | 818-497- 4750
Volunteer tasks will include campus beautification: cleaning classrooms, painting kickball lines, and gardening. There will also be a resume and cover letter workshop, a letter writing station for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and a reading room for elementary school students. Following the service projects, there will be light refreshments, a resource fair, and entertainment.

2016 MLK Day of Service at West Hollywood Elementary School
970 N. Hammond St., West Hollywood CA 90069 | 323-848-6885
Join the City of West Hollywood in beautifying West Hollywood Elementary School. Volunteers are needed to help perform various landscaping, clean-up, painting, and otherbeautification tasks at West Hollywood Elementary School. Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch. Registration is required.

Big Sunday’s 4th Annual MLK Day Clothing Drive & Community Breakfast
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 | 323-549-9944
Big Sunday is collecting gently-used work clothes, casual clothes, and various clothing for many individuals and groups in need. Volunteers are needed to count, sort, and fold the clothes. Those with sewing and ironing skills are also needed. Breakfast will be provided.

L.A. Works Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
1151 West 109th Street, Los Angeles CA, 90044 | 857-250-1517
More than 1,500 community and corporate volunteers will revitalize and beautify the campus of Woodcrest Elementary School in South Los Angeles. At this Title I school, 96% of the 900 students are from low-income families and are eligible to receive free lunch.

About the author

Victoria Hornstein is a third year UCLA undergraduate student and an Events Assistant at the Volunteer Center. She is originally from Massachusetts and enjoys learning more about the Los Angeles community through volunteerism. In the past, she volunteered for her local hospital, and within UCLA, she is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority where she recently became President for her chapter. Victoria hopes to inspire others to give back both through the UCLA Volunteer Center and through her future career!

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