Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Local Opportunities

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The MLK Day of Service is Monday, January 18, and community organizations all over the DC area have volunteer opportunities that you can do from home!

Signature is proud to partner with many local non-profits and government organizations in support of our community coming together in service, and we’ve put together a list of local groups that have volunteer projects for the holiday weekend and beyond, below.

Arlington Food Assistance Center: Set up a food drive to support AFAC’s winter food needs.

Volunteer Arlington: Many different volunteers opportunities for the MLK Day of Service and beyond. Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, will be offering special remarks at the virtual opening program at 9:30AM.

Bridges to Independence: Fill a shower caddy full of bathroom essentials for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, decorate and donate sugar cookies, or set up a food drive to support Bridges to Independence’s food needs.

Culpepper Garden: Create a “winter cheer bundle” with thank you cards, coloring pages, colored pencils, and other items that you think would bring cheer to Arlington seniors, and join a Zoom call to connect with other volunteers.

Doorways for Women and Families: Take part in a virtual “scavenger hunt” for items that will benefit victims of domestic violence, connect with other volunteers over Zoom, and donate items to Doorways.

New Hope Housing: Learn how to make DIY laundry detergent over Zoom, and donate detergent to New Hope Housing. New Hope will provide an ingredient list for volunteers to gather or purchase before the event.

Arlington Rotary Club: Make no-sew fleece blankets for use in A-SPAN’s homeless shelters in Arlington. ARC will provide materials and instructions on how to make the blankets over Zoom. Family-friendly activity.

Volunteer Fairfax: Make Valentine’s Day cards for frontline medical workers and children in foster care. Volunteer Fairfax will provide you with supplies and distribute the finished cards.

Volunteer Alexandria: Clean up South Reynolds Park. Space is limited; please register ahead of time.

Montgomery County Volunteer Center: Several different project suggestions listed, including card making, crafts, and food drives throughout Montgomery County.

Serve Your City DC: Organize a food or household items drive for DC Ward 6 residents, and check out the other mutual aid services this organization provides.

Capital Area Food Bank: Sort and pack donated food items at the CAFB distribution center or organize a food drive for the area’s largest food bank.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list – if you know of an organization that is looking for volunteers specifically over Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend, please contact Emily Adler at and we will add their information to this page.