Strong Communities are Green on MLK Day

Volunteers help maintain Virginia State Parks on MLK Day in 2011 / Photo: VA State Parks


In honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Congress declared the holiday in his name to be a national day of service in 1994. Since then, people around the country have spent the day volunteering to help others in the spirit of Dr. King’s vision of community service and social justice.

If you’re looking to get outside on MLK Day, consider volunteering to help clean up a local river or maintain a trail in your area.  Just enter your zip code into the Day of Service website and look for the green tree logo for environmental opportunities: 


Postings on the Day of Service site include sorting recyclables in Ann Arbor, MI and a park cleanup in Atlanta, GA. Live in Seattle? Why not spend your day of service in the forest with the Nature Consortium? Are you in Oregon?  Check out these 2013 service projects with great local groups like the Corvallis Environmental Center.

MLK Day falls on January 21st this year, but there are also opportunities throughout the week. For ways to dig in year round, visit the EarthShare volunteer page for projects from EarthShare member charities like the Surfrider Foundation and the Student Conservation Association. With the documented happiness that volunteering brings, you’ll probably want to make service a regular activity beyond January 21st anyway!

Tell us how you spend your Day of Service!  Share your MLK Day of Service pictures and stories on our Facebook page – you’ll be eligible to win a special gift from EarthShare to help support your green habit.


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