Local volunteer opportunities for MLK Day

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with these local volunteer opportunities.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929.

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Each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January — Jan. 16. The theme for this year is “Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems,” according to The King Centera nonprofit founded by MLK’s wife, Coretta Scott King, to continue Dr. King’s legacy.

If you have time to dedicate to our community, here are five local volunteer opportunities:

  • Crabtree Farms | Sign up to volunteer on the farm with field work support and maintenance, community garden maintenance, and upkeep.
  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga Military Park | The park will host one of its annual days of service from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. with a focus on battlefield restorations with the removal of invasive plant species.
  • Green Steps | Join Green Steps and Be Caffeinated for the Red Bank Citywide Cleanup today from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Trash grabbers, bags, and gloves are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis + large used bags are appreciated.
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga | Volunteer with the Urban League to support its mission of enabling African-Americans, along with other minorities and disadvantaged individuals, to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.
  • Chatt Foundation (formerly Chattanooga Community Kitchen) | The Chatt Foundation’s greatest volunteer needs are in food service, but there are various other opportunities.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga | Become a mentor to a high school student, or try community or school-based mentoring for less of a time commitment.

You can also participate in these local MLK events:

  • 53rd Annual MLK Parade and March | Monday, Jan. 16 | 1 p.m. | Miller Park, 928 Market St., Chattanooga | Free | Join the Unity Group of Chattanooga’s MLK Day parade and march along MLK Boulevard to Peeples Street.
  • MLK Day ice skating | Monday, Jan. 16 | 3-7 p.m. | Ice on the Landing, 1400 Market St., Chattanooga | $6-$12 | In honor of MLK Day, Ice on the Landing will donate 10% of today’s admission proceeds to the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.
  • 2nd Anniversary and MLK Day Celebration | Monday, Jan. 16 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Lil Mama’s Chicago Style Hoagy, 818 Georgia Ave., Chattanooga | Price of purchase | Celebrate the spot’s second anniversary + MLK Day with sales giving back to the Chattanooga Choral for the preservation of African American music.
  • MLK Day Youth Leadership Symposium | Monday, Jan. 16 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | This program is geared for students ages 12+ and will discuss building the community through racial, economic, and environmental justice.
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