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May 2020

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is a day intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move everyone closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”


MLK Day 2020 will be the 10th year Volunteer New York! has hosted this community-wide action day, which has united thousands of volunteers to serve for shared causes and beliefs, providing tens of thousands of hours of support to local nonprofits and creating countless memories for the families and individuals that have served together in honor of Dr. King.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a Day of Service because legislation was signed in 1983 marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off."  MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers and create solutions to social problems.


The  2020 MLK Day, typically on the Saturday before the recognized Monday holiday,  is one of  two signature annual community-wide days of service at Volunteer New York,  which has united thousands of volunteers to serve for shared causes and beliefs, supporting dozens of local nonprofits and creating countless memories for families that have served together.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include: Warehouse Organizing at Furniture Sharehouse.

Volunteers will assist furniture donors in moving furniture donations to the warehouse. In addition, volunteers will take on many special projects such as organizing the Bonus Area, chair room, table space, etc. The warehouse is not heated so volunteers should wear appropriate winter clothing including boots.


Volunteers are needed to prepare diaper packages for families in need. Volunteers will put a 1-week's supply into a large zip lock bag then add a package of wipes along with two educational inserts. This opportunity is ideal for families and groups as well as teens looking for community hours The Westchester County Diaper Bank is formed by the JLCW's partnership with the Westchester County Executive’s office and the Westchester County Department of Social Services. The Diaper Bank provides diapers at no cost as temporary assistance to struggling families in Westchester County.


(914)Cares and Kids' Kloset is collecting the following items which will be provided free of charge to local families and individuals living in need. Make a difference in the lives of those struggling.  Donate some of the following items (all must be new and packages must be closed).  The only exception is they will accept open packages of diapers but all other items must be sealed and new. Baby wipes , bar and liquid soap, body wash deodorant, diapers (all sizes) , socks (all sizes male and female), shaving cream , Tampons , toothbrushes and  toothpaste, toilet paper , tissues , underwear (male and female all sizes from 2T (toddler) to Adult XXL. You can drop these off at Iona College, Spellman Hall, New Rochelle on January 18, 2020

Volunteers will write inspirational notes and cards for deployed service members. These notes will be sent to deployed service members letting them know someone is thinking of them. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in this event.


To register to be part of MLK Day 2020 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 go to volunteernewyork.org,   click on an opportunity, then click sign up to volunteer as an individual, or click sign up with a family, group or team .Call Volunteer New York at 914-948-4452 to find more ways you can make a difference locally through service throughout the year.