Make Martin Luther King Day a Day of Volunteering
Encourage kids to make their Monday ‘off’ from school a day ‘on’ for volunteering! There are simple, yet countless ways to make a difference in the spirit of MLK Day . . .
1. Random Act of Kindness – From raking a neighbor’s leaves, to baking treats for a relative and making cards to snail mail to a friend, small acts of kindness go a long way.
2. Connect with a group – Find out if a local community organization or faith community is planning a service project for MLK Day and ask how you and your family can get involved.
3. Donate Warmth – Take a couple hours in the day and collect gently used coats, blankets and clothes to donate to a local agency or shelter.
4. Contact a Food Bank – Ask what type of food donations they are most in need of and make a point to pick up and drop some off that day. If possible, volunteer your time helping sort and stock food and goods at the foodbank that day. Check out 8 Tips for Donating to A Food Bank.
5. Plan some Teacher Appreciation – Prepare muffins and coffee/tea for the following morning back to school and have them for the teacher first thing in the morning.
6. Get a start on Valentine’s – Take time with the kids to make hand-made Valentines and candy grams to be shared with a local family or women and children’s shelter.
7. Clean Up – Organize a neighborhood or local park clean-up if weather permits; have cider and cookies to end!
8. Cook Together – Call a busy parent you know or friend in need and tell them not to worry about dinner. Plan and prepare a full meal with the family and go together to deliver it.
9. Go Green – Give back to the environment on your day of service by collecting recyclables in the house, limiting water use, and making a point to use less electricity by turning off lights when leaving a room.