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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio


A Day On for Service: Get Involved on MLK Day

On January 18, 2021, our country will pause and remember a civil rights hero, Dr. Martin Luther King. Since 1994, MLK Day has been a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” ServeOhio is proud to sponsor and promote this day of service in Ohio in partnership with AmeriCorps and the American Electric Power Foundation. This year, we’re providing funding support for ten organizations who will engage 312 volunteers across the state in celebration of MLK Day. Read about those projects here. Additionally, thousands of volunteers will get involved in their communities to not only volunteer, but to honor the legacy of Dr. King who famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.”

Here are a few ways you can serve on MLK Day:

  1. Check out hundreds of volunteer opportunities on Get Connected, Ohio’s statewide volunteer portal. You can search for volunteer opportunities happening on MLK Day or you can find ways to serve your community throughout the year. Want to post a volunteer opportunity on Get Connected? Click here. 
  2. Create your own project! This year we all need to be careful about the spread of COVID-19. The good news is that you can still create service projects in your own home or virtually. Here are a few ideas/resources:
    1. Make fleece tie blankets to donate to a local homeless shelter
    2. Organize a donation drive to support those in need in your community. You could collect food, coats, socks, blankets, or hygiene items
    3. Letter writing to older adults in nursing homes. Make sure to call the nursing home first to find out what is needed and what protocols must be followed.
    4. Letter writing to deployed troops (
    5. Support Health Care Workers and first responders in Your Community - send postcards or have treats & thank you cards delivered. Make sure to call local hospitals to find out what is needed
    6. Outdoor cleanups and beautification projects
  3. Additional Resources:
    1. Anti-Racist Service Project ideas/resources
    2. Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindness
    3. Find more resources and ideas from Youth Service America

Are you planning to serve on MLK Day? Post about it using the hashtag #MLKDAY and don’t forget to tag @ServeOhio! 

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