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More Than a Day Off: Celebrate MLK Day in DC by Volunteering

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Hey bestie, it’s your Internet BFF, Kaylannk here! Let’s talk MLK day of service. This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s honor Dr. King’s legacy of service and justice by volunteering in Washington, D.C.


Instead of treating it as just another ‘day off,’ treat it as a ‘day on’ where you actively contribute to building a more equitable and compassionate city. Washington, D.C. offers a plethora of opportunities to volunteer, and trust me, the experience is always rewarding.


Here are amazing organizations to volunteer with today (and tomorrow):

  • Martha’s Table: Join Martha’s Table in serving meals, supporting shoppers at their on-site market, and sorting clothing donations for families and individuals. 
  • Capital Area Food Bank: Lend a hand in sorting, packing, and distributing food donations across the city. 
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME): Volunteer at one of SOME’s soup kitchens or shelters preparing and serving meals to those in need. 
  • DC Central Kitchen: Help DC Central Kitchen prepare healthy meals for the community (with no cooking or food service experience needed). 
  • Reading Partners or Everybody Wins DC: Share your love of reading by volunteering as a literacy tutor or mentor for children. 
  • Rock Creek Park Volunteers-in-Parks: Get your hands dirty and give back by taking part in the preservation of Rock Creek Park. 
  • Sustainable DC: Help remove invasive plants, support urban farms, plant trees, and preserve waterways to make D.C. a more sustainable city. 

Bonus Tip: No matter your passion or skill set, there is a volunteer opportunity waiting for you in DC. Check out websites like VolunteerMatch or Idealist to find the perfect fit for your interests and availability.

Remember, even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference.

Written with lots of care, 



Your Internet BFF

P.S. Share in the comments where you are interested in volunteering today.

Check out: From Dream to Reality: How MLK Day Became A Federal Holiday


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