Baltimore neighborhood clean-up, 2019. Photo by The 6th Branch.

Get Involved and Have a “Day On” for the MLK Day of Service

By Preservation Maryland

Since 1986, Americans have been celebrating the life, work, and impact of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. More recently, it’s become more than a day off, but a day on — the National MLK Day of Service.

MLK DAY of Service LogoThe Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community service has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter-century.


The Corporation for National and Community Service hosts a database of all the Day of Service volunteer opportunities registered throughout the country. Is your schedule already booked on MLK Day? That’s okay! Thousands of organizations around the country are looking for help year-round. Search today for volunteer opportunities and get connected to an organization near you.

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