“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”said Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr Day is nationally known as a day of service.  On this holiday, many people honor Dr. King’s life and legacy by giving back to the community in various ways. To many the holiday is “a day on, not a day off.”

In Sacramento, there are many opportunities to volunteer on this day of service all over the city.
The most widely known is the March for the Dream, put on every year by MLK365. There are many opportunities for day of volunteers. Volunteers can work as march monitors, security, village support, hospitality, and information.

“MLK365 relies heavily on volunteers, especially for this event,” says Sam Starks, MLK395 Secretary.

The North Natomas Transportation Management Association is holding an event called 50 Bikes for 50 Kids. These kids are well deserving youth nominated by local youth organizations to build their own bike with the help of a volunteer. Volunteers can be bike builders, bike mechanics bike recipients, check in, volunteer check in, and general event support.

“United, the volunteers and youth are able to promote the importance of healthy recreation that encourages both sustainable transportation and a better future for the community as a whole,” says Abby Harding, a program coordinator with North Natomas TMA.

The Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley and The Talking Drums Newsletter are holding their Annual MLK Day of Services. Donations of unworn winter clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters and socks are currently being taken. On Sunday, January 27th, ask donations will be assembled and taken to local homeless shelters from 2pm to 4pm.

There are many other opportunities to give back on this day, provided by the City of Sacramento, Hands on Sacramento and many non-profit organizations needing some help. For more information on these opportunities and others, click here.