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 18, 2016, 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. 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. Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through volunteering and unite to strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers.

Participate and share with us on social media. Use the hashtag #mlkdayrva

Stay tuned for more information on all the activities we'll be hosting in 2016.

Nonprofits and Community Partners

HandsOn is requesting applications for projects that will take place at Richmond area schools, parks, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. In order to appeal to various volunteer interests, we are looking for projects that cover a range of impact areas.

Projects must be submitted by COB Friday, December 4, 2015.

What types of projects can we help with? Projects that:
-Occur on Monday, January 18, 2016
-Are suitable for group sizes of 10 to 30 volunteers
-Are done in a day
-Don't require volunteers to have advanced training or orientation
-Take place in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield or Hanover.

Request a project

MLK Day 2016 projects will be posted by Friday, December 11, 2015.

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.

Featured DIY of the Month

Selma Movie Discussion Questions

Our staff was so moved by the film, Selma, that we wanted to put together a discussion guide of questions for those of you who might want to organize your own viewing and discussion groups. Please share your thoughts with us #MLKDayRVA #Selma and tag @HandsOnRVA.

Discussion Guide

Download MLK Activity Booklets to do with your kids

What If I Don't Have the Day Off?

Participate in or with your workplace to honor the memory of Dr. King.

  • Civic cinema at lunch: Host a viewing of a civic film that can raise social awareness and encourage dialogue. Consider inviting nonprofit partners to participate.
  • Write letters or send care packages to the military: Identify employees that have family members serving in the military and begin a letter writing campaign or send them packages with items that remind them of home.
  • Organize a book drive: Identify a school or classroom that needs books and encourage employees to bring in age appropriate or grade level books.