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. 

Participate and share with us on social media. We're @HandsOnRVA

Use the hashtag #mlkdayrva

Volunteer at a Community Project

DIY at Home

Do it Yourself Volunteering allows families and groups of all ages and sizes to participate in community service from the comfort of their own homes. You can even make a social activity out of it.

Express interest in the Featured DIY-Seed Bombs

Film and Discussion

Movie Screening
Selma PG-13
Sunday, January 17, 2016
The Byrd Theatre: 2908 W. Cary Street
Free. No advance registration is required.
See more at the Eventbrite

Co-hosted by The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the University of Richmond Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.

Please share your thoughts with us #MLKDayRVA #Selma and tag @HandsOnRVA

Download a Discussion Guide:

Activities for Youth

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.