Submitted by mbrodbeck on Mon, 01/10/2022 - 12:29
AmeriCorps staff

Step up to build the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream

Check out our MLK Day of Service PSA and share it with your networks!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a defining moment each year when Americans across the country step up to make our communities more equitable and take action to create the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream. The global pandemic and events of 2020 and 2021 have opened our eyes wider to the inequity in our world. With the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and holiday just around the corner, the time is now to act with swift urgency to deliver on the promise of Dr. King’s example and mission. His example is our call to action.

Need volunteer ideas?

Below are volunteer ideas you can take that address important community challenges, honor Dr. King and the MLK Day of Service, while abiding by local regulations and the latest recommendations from the CDC.

Don’t forget to share what you do in honor of the MLK Day of Service on social media. Tag @AmeriCorps and use #MLKDay.

Help others get vaccinated or find a testing location

Do you know individuals who have not yet gotten a COVID-19 vaccine? You can serve others by helping them get vaccinated? Find tools to help you have a conversation, and use these resources to find a vaccine location near you or a COVID test.

Sample social media post: Joining with @AmeriCorps to help others get [vaccinated/tested] on #MLKDay. How did you honor #MLKDay?

Address food insecurity

Many of our neighbors are struggling with food insecurity, and we can help meet that need. Find a food pantry or food bank near you and learn what you can do to address food insecurity in your community.

Sample social media post: Joining with @AmeriCorps to [deliver 20 pounds of food to X food pantry] on #MLKDay. How did you honor #MLKDay?

Help new refugees

Americans from every corner of the country are stepping up to welcome Afghan newcomers into our communities. Learn how you can help Afghan refugees and take action on MLK Day.

Sample social media post: Joining with @AmeriCorps to [support helping Afghan refugees] on #MLKDay. How did you honor #MLKDay?

Support those who are recovering from disasters

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster serves as a clearing house for anyone who wants to help communities and individuals recover from disasters. Learn about what you can do.

Sample social media post: Joining with @AmeriCorps to [support storm recovery in KY] on #MLKDay. How did you honor #MLKDay?

Join the MLK Day 2022 National Day of Service

Take action and commit to serve

Join the MLK Day 2022 National Day of Service and let us know you’re committed to volunteering in your community. Take the pledge to serve today!

Commit to serve

Tools and resources

AmeriCorps also has tools and resources for you to promote MLK Day and other project ideas.

If you decide to create a service project, please register it using the directions at

Thanks for making the MLK Day of Service a priority and for helping others. Together, we can recommit to his dream of the Beloved Community with actions beginning anew on MLK Day that meet urgent community needs or address more systemic issues that limit equity and opportunity.