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  Words Matter, Actions Matter

   Serve on January 17, 2022

On Monday, January 17, 2022, Americans across the country will gather to share the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in virtual events and socially distant service projects. MLK Day, celebrated on the third Monday of January each year is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer and give back to their communities. 

Making time to volunteer for MLK Day of Service is an extremely good manner to interact together along with your network whilst honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you intend on cleaning up a public space, mentoring a younger person, or helping people who are meals insecure, what you do makes a global difference.

Together we encourage you to take part in voluntary service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to participate. If you are hosting a service project, view the steps to find and register a volunteer opportunity by clicking Volunteer Opportunities. Promise to serve your community on MLK Day and throughout the entire 2022 year.




United Way of Southwest Alabama - Volunteer Connect 

HandsOn River Region

United Way of Central Alabama

To learn more visit: 

MLK Day of Service - National Day of Service


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Share your Commitment to Serve

  • If you want to share your thoughts and photos from your volunteer service that day use the hashtag #MLKDay and tag @AmeriCorps @ServeAlabama @TheKingCenter on all social media platforms.

  • Follow @AmeriCorps @ServeAlabama and @TheKingCenter on all social media platforms for the latest updates and resources on MLK Day.


Ways to Serve

  • Plan a Clothing Drive and donations items received to a local shelter or location in need.

  • Host a discussion about Dr. King’s life and teachings and overall principles of non-violence.

  • Provide food assistance by serving meals at a homeless shelter, teach healthy eating on a budget.

  • Distribute fire safety information and check for working smoke detectors.

  • Host a Dr. MLK Jr. awareness event.

  • Collaborate with an AmeriCorps program or volunteer with an organization to provide meaningful service on this day.

About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important figure in the civil rights movement. His lectures, teachings, and dialogues aroused concern and awakened the conscience of a generation and for generations for years to come. His charismatic leadership inspired various individuals in this nation and around the world.










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He entered the Christian ministry in February 1948 at the age of 19 and was ordained at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1954, after graduating from Boston University, he accepted a calling at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. There he was a key leader of the Montgomery bus boycott, best known for its nonviolent resistance and the arrest of Rosa Parks. that position in 1959 and returned to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.


From 1960 until his death in 1968 he served with his father as a co-patron of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, and died on April 4, 1968.

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