MLK Day Service Ideas for Kids

5 Way Kids can Give Back for MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life standing up for the marginalized and fighting for the rights of others. Volunteering or participating in service activities in your community is a great way to honor the life and legacy of MLK Jr. These 5 service ideas are appropriate for all ages and carry on the work of Martin Luther King Jr.!


1. Make cards for nursing home residents – It’s always nice to receive a handwritten letter or card. Contact local nursing homes or assisted living facilities to see if they would be interested in having children make cards for residents. This service idea is perfect for kids of all ages!

2. Collect and sort school supplies to benefit a local shelter or library – There are always children that need extra school supplies. Put in a box in your classroom and encourage kids to bring pencils, papers, binders etc and spread the word about your cause to parents and faculty!

3. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter – Soup kitchens rarely turn down extra help, even from kids! Young volunteers can serve food, set tables, or simply greet the visitors as they walk in.

4. Have a book drive – Many local hospital, churches, and shelters gladly accept gently loved books. Urge students to bring in books that they once loved but no longer read, some child in need will love the book just as they did!

5. Rake leaves or shovel snow for elderly or disabled neighbors –  Many elderly residents are no longer able to rake leaves or shovel snow, so urge your kids to offer their assistance to an elderly person on their street or from their church. If you live in a warm climate, offer to plant flowers or herbs instead of shoveling or raking!