The Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service will occur on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, this year. On this National Day of Service, Americans are encouraged to volunteer to improve their communities. A prime way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy is by serving others.
King was born on January 15, 1929. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but his words and deeds of advocating for justice, racial brotherhood and radical change through nonviolent means have not faded.
King’s wife, Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatest birthday gift my husband could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader who delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The March on Washington was also known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a protest that was intended to draw attention to continuing inequalities and challenges African Americans faced.
Many opportunities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service have been noted below, in addition to event information.
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Parade in Baltimore
Baltimore’s Mayor Brandon Scott said that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Baltimore is back on as scheduled. It will kick off at noon at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw.
Volunteering Throughout Maryland
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism invites Marylanders to volunteer on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2023. Visit https://gosv.maryland.gov/mlkdayofservice/ to search for opportunities to locate places to lend a hand by utilizing the AmeriCorps Volunteer Search, powered by VolunteerMatch.
Keith Snipes and Company will perform an inspirational tribute to democracy and freedom on Saturday, January 14, 2022, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Room inside of Lexington Market, located at 112 N. Eutaw St. in Baltimore. The show will offer a collection of songs and poetry reminiscent of the movement that pays homage to the ideals of the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit www.lexingtonmarket.com for more details.
The Giveback at Lexington Market will be held on MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16 for individuals who are experiencing homelessness from noon – 2 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. in Lexington Market’s Baltimore Room, located at 112 N. Eutaw St. A resource fair will kick off the event that will be followed by a community lunch which is scheduled from 3– 5 .pm. Visit www.lexingtonmarket.com for more details.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore (SVDP) will be distributing winter wear and school supplies for children ages 3-5 at its new Head Start facility on January 16 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at 1010 Somerset St. located in East Baltimore. The newly rehabilitated facility is scheduled to open in early 2023. Children will be given free coats, gloves, hats, backpacks, and school supplies while learning more about the new Head Start program. To RSVP for the MLK Day of Service event, please email Kelsea Guckin at [email protected] If you would like to donate to the winter wear and school supply drive, please contact David Sanders at [email protected] You may also order from the Amazon Wish List via https://amzn.to/3Z4ciKG.
A 12th annual community service event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be hosted by the Midway Community Development Corporation on Jan 16, 2023, at 1100 E. North Ave. in Baltimore, Md. 21202. The Sixth Branch, Inc. will conduct the community service activity. Volunteers are needed to help with environmental/ outside project work from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. The overgrowth and large-scale trash clean-up work will also involve basic landscaping, but no experience is necessary for any of the projects. Registration beforehand is highly recommended, but volunteers will be able to fill out the registration form onsite on the day of the event. It is a family-friendly event, but parents still must supervise their children. Volunteers can follow the link here to register or email Colin Lyman at [email protected] Street parking is available surrounding the meeting area. Visit https://the6thbranch.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/the6thbranch/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4508& to sign up.
CityFam’s mission is to connect people with purpose. Volunteers are needed on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving food, cleaning tables, plating food, and sort donations at Our Daily Bread. The location of Our Daily Bread is 725 Fallsway Baltimore, Md. 21202. Legal services, lunch, healthcare services, case management, and employment assistance is provided to adults in need. A parking lot is available for volunteers. Masks must be worn. Volunteers should bring or wear a hat if they would not prefer wearing a hairnet. Volunteers who are under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must provide proof of vaccination. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/serve-lunch-with-our-daily-bread-tickets-507649402027?aff=ALLEVENTS to reserve a spot to volunteer.
Muslimat Al-Nisaa Shelter & Inge Benevolent Ministry is hosting an annual ‘Chili Bowl’ event to serve homeless neighbors in Baltimore on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at 700 Fallsway in Baltimore, Md. Hot bowls of chili will be served to homeless individuals on the streets. Cold weather clothing and toiletries will be distributed. Health screenings will be provided. Prior to the day of the event, donations should be dropped off by appointment to 3708 Liberty Heights Ave. in Baltimore, Md. 21215. Call 410-466-8686 for more information about bringing chili, gender specific personal hygiene kits, healthy snacks, warm winter clothing, or to volunteer. Visit https://allevents.in/baltimore/chili-bowl-monday-mlk-day-of-service-feed-and-clothe-our-homeless-neighbors/10000488699131257 to register.
Volunteers are invited to drop off non-perishable food items, baby clothing, baby supplies, coats, underwear, socks, blankets and other necessities at various supermarkets on Monday, January 16, 2023. Visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/OHRE-mlk to find a list of locations. Donations will support Grassroots Crisis Intervention, Columbia Action Council’s Food Bank and Columbia Community Care.
Comfort Cases are backpacks that are filled with comfort and personal care items for youth entering the foster care system. Volunteers are needed to pack essentials at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, located at 15825 Shady Grove Rd #60 in Rockville, Md. in shifts beginning on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Visit https://montgomerycountymd.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=764375 to learn more about the family friendly volunteer opportunity that will be held during MLK Week 2023.
Volunteers are needed to make dog toys for dogs awaiting adoption from old T-shirts or spare fabric. Visit https://montgomerycountymd.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=761169 to find instructions to make them and the drop off schedule between January 17 – January 21, 2023, at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, located at 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Suite 1600 in Germantown, Md. 20874. MCPS students will receive SSL credit for completing dog toys. Projects These will be donated to Lost Dog Rescue and Who Will Let the Dogs Out.