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Local volunteer opportunities for MLK Day

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

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Volunteering can bring a smile to your face and to others.

Photo provided by God’s Pantry Food Bank

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January — Jan. 16 this year. 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 the Louisville community, here are three local volunteer opportunities:

  • Louisville Urban League | This civil rights-focused organization has two main volunteer tracts: organizational and operational — which means you can serve on one of its committees or aid staff and clients in the League’s programs.
  • Metro United Way | Improve access to equitable education, economic opportunity, and health in Metro United Way’s seven-county service radius when you donate your time as a tutor, landscaper, or supply drive organizer.
  • Feed Louisville | Help make the 500 meals produced in Feed Louisville’s headquarters weekly — with the option to cook during regular hours or at night — or help distribute meals and perform outreach.

Aside from lending a hand, you can also commemorate MLK by attending one of these local events.

  • Keepers of the Dream: A Community Arts Celebration of Dr. King’s Vision | Sunday, Jan. 15 | 5 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville | Free | See performances from River City Drum Corp, Keen Dance, Young Prodigys, Redline Performing Arts, and more at this theatrical program highlighting Dr. King’s journey.
  • Muhammad Ali Center | Monday, Jan. 16 | 11:30 a.m. | Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., Louisville | Free | Get free admission to the Muhammad Ali Center, and catch one of the hourly viewings of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out more local volunteer opportunities .