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Martin Luther King Day 2022 is an annual federal American holiday that celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15). It celebrates the life and achievements of this influential American civil rights leader.  Its traditions are rooted in the idea of promoting equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. 2022 Calendar

Many schools mark the day by teaching students about the work of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement against racial segregation and racism.

Today, Martin Luther King Day has become a day of service in communities throughout the country. If you would like to participate and be covid safe too, here are some different, nationwide websites with volunteer resources for all ages, skills, interests and professions!

Reward Volunteers
Reward Volunteers is a web-based program that tracks and rewards the efforts of volunteers and the organizations they serve. If you would like to review their list of MLK National Day of Service opportunities, click here.

AmeriCorps is how we come together to help our country and our people prosper. Volunteers work to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service. If you would like to learn more about their MLK volunteer opportunities, click here.

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help them make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. Join 59,622 “volunteers” to add more to the total 960,465 pages of documents and recordings that have been collaboratively transcribed and reviewed since June 2013. To learn more, click here.

If you are a professional, Catchafire could be your perfect volunteer fit. Catchafire strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills. Connect directly with nonprofits and make a difference. Nonprofits provide critical support to their communities, but limited budgets can block them from hiring the expert talent they need to operate most effectively. Skills-based volunteering can bridge that gap. To learn more, click here.

Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude is one of the largest and most impactful nonprofits in the country for hands-on volunteerism in support of military, veterans, and first responders, offering volunteer opportunities for every American to express their appreciation to all who serve and protect our nation. To learn more, click here.

UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income students in the US with live, volunteer coaches (that’s you!) any time they need it. As a very flexible volunteer opportunity, you can help students from anywhere with an internet connection: whether that be from your desk at work or from the comfort of your couch! To learn more, click here.

One  Warm Coat
One Warm Coat’s mission is to provide free coats to children and adults in need while promoting volunteerism and environmental sustainability. This website shows how you can hold a coat drive in your community. To learn more, click here.

Founded in 1995, Idealist’s mission is to help build a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives by inviting people everywhere to imagine, connect, and act. Their website allows interested volunteers to find volunteer opportunities by day, region, skill or interest. To learn more, click here.

Warm Up America!
If you knit or crochet, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Warm Up America! accepts 7″ by 9″ knit/crochet sections, finished afghans and accessories year-round. They often have specific needs, so visit their page for updated information on the best way you can help them to spread warmth around the country. To learn more, click here.