Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service

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

Monday, January 20, 2014, The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is a National Day of Service, and a time to re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities. On MLK Day, Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities. This Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community service that helps solve problems. 

MLK Day programs meet tangible needs, but also build a sense of community and mutual responsibility by spurring conversation. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through volunteering and unite to strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers. 

So what did you help us accomplish in 2014?

Close to 300 volunteers served at 6 different nonprofit and community project sites. 475 Richmonders attended a screening of 'Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions.' and engaged in a facilitated discussion about the film and the day's themes.

In partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Virginia Mentoring Partnership and the Science Museum, 100 youth learned about MLK's legacy and created 400 activity-filled backpacks that will be  distributed to youth-serving organizations around the area to promote excitement about STEM education and learning.

Film photos
Youth Service Fair photos
Volunteer project photos

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Dr. King’s life and legacy was about his commitment to service and social justice. Please join us at the center of change and register for a project in the community on January 18 or January 20th. Volunteer registration is closed.

DIY Volunteering

Our DIY allows families and groups of all ages and sizes to participate in community service from the comfort of their own homes. It provides a means to engage in volunteering in a non-traditional way. You can even make a social activity out of it. 

Featured DIY of the Month


HandsOn will be partnering with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the Virginia Mentoring Partnership to host a showing of “Troop 491: Adventures of the Muddy Lions." This film was shot in Richmond and produced locally and the director, Praheme, will join us! Following the film is a facilitated discussion on its themes, MLK Day, and how we can all commit ourselves to service in 2014.

Troop 491: Adventures of the Muddy Lions” follows Tristan, a reluctant new Scout from the inner city, who is conflicted after witnessing a homicide. Will he follow the code of the Scouts or the code of the streets? This film is not rated, but is the equivalent to a PG or PG-13 rating.

Monday, January 20, 2014
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
The Byrd Theatre
2908 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

This event is free but registration is required.
(the event is sold out and registration is closed)
*Though this event is free, we urge you to bring a monetary donation for the producer of the film so that he can continue to be able to share this important film and message with others. All payment methods will be accepted.

Download a flier with discussion points.


Unite over dialogue. Host your own Sunday Supper to discuss the film, ways you can give back, and how you can honor MLK's memory. DOWNLOAD A TOOLKIT on how to plan one.


Join the national conversation

In addition to the live, local conversations, participants across the country will be connecting online via Twitter (#MLKDay2014) and Facebook to share their experiences, perspectives and insights, generating a national dialogue. Are you doing something special? Tell us about it on Social Media. @HandsOnRVA

Download MLK Activity Booklets To Do With YOUR KIDS: