Many of us will enjoy a three day weekend as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 17. To honor Dr. King’s sacrifice and his legacy of justice and empowerment, many local nonprofits and community groups are organizing service events for those with a day off to instead have a “day on,” volunteering to make a difference in the lives of others. Yes, an extra day of sleeping in is a luxury, but completing a few hours of community service with your neighbors can be a rewarding experience for all and worth setting the alarm for on Monday morning. Read on to find community service opportunities on MLK Jr. Day right here on the Hill.
From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, volunteers will be cleaning up the Kingman Park neighborhood. Folks will start at the 500 block of Oklahoma Ave. NE and finish up at the 500 block of 19th Street SE. For more information or to sign up, contact Lisa White.
If you are interested in the benefits of a green roof, you have the opportunity to help install one on a business roof on H Street NE. DC Greenworksis looking for a few additional volunteers from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to assist in installation. Training will be provided on site.
In addition to special MLK Jr. Day projects, there are a number of nonprofit organizations based on Capitol Hill that are constantly in need of volunteers. What better day than a national Day of Service to start giving some time to one of these worthy causes?
- The Capitol Hill Group Ministry runs homeless outreach programs, family strengthening programs, and provide neighborhood social services. The Ministry brings together people of many faiths to strengthen the community, and has been doing so for over 40 years.
- The Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center provides health support, parent training, counseling, and child care items to families in crisis pregnancy. There is a need for volunteers on an ongoing basis.
- Capitol Hill Village is a nonprofit that helps older residents live in their homes longer by providing a range of support services. Volunteers are needed for everything from transporting residents to doctor appointments to assisting residents with light home maintenance projects.
- Become a tutor for local school kids through Jan’s Tutoring House.
There are many other special volunteer events occurring on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day throughout the DC area. More information can be found on the Greater DC Cares website.