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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014

MLK Day of Service 2014 is over! Please visit our 2015 page here for updated projects and news.

Monday, January 20, 2014 and week of Now in its 15th year, community members can make their “day off” a “day on” with a Day of Service. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through meaningful service. This year we will partner with local agencies to offer volunteer opportunities that address critical community issues. There is no better time to get involved and make a difference! Individuals, families, groups and organizations can easily participate in this national initiative in collaboration with the HandsOn Network. Join us!


Projects & Resources


Signature MLK Jr. Day Volunteer Projects

Wednesday, January 15

Anaheim Family YMCA in Anaheim FULL (Safety Net): Volunteers will assist families in need by organizing and packing donations brought in by the “Giving is Caring” donation drive.

Friday January 17th

Blind Children’s Learning Center in Tustin FULL (Education): Volunteers will assist in creating sensory learning stations, facilitating sensory learning, and helping attendees move through each exhibit. Activities include creating tactile art, reading to children, assisting visually-impaired children move through each instillation, and generally helping with program needs.

Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove in Garden Grove  FULL (Education): Volunteers will prepare materials and set-up the facility for a special MLK Jr. Day BGCGG event, where volunteers on Monday the 20th, will assist youth members in making tactile books for students at the Blind Children’s Learning Center. **

Western Youth Services in Anaheim FULL (Safety Net): Volunteers will assist in the creation of care packages and writing inspirational letters in honor of MLK Jr. that will be distributed to families in need, currently enrolled in Western Youth Services programs. **

Saturday, January 18th

OC Food Access, Countywide FULL (Health & Wellness):  Volunteers will work in teams of 6 to identify and track backyard growers, educate these homeowners on local hunger gaps and provide outreach opportunities for them in the future.

Second Harvest Food Bank  in Irvine FULL (Safety Net) As part of Izzy’s Corner, where kids can learn more about hunger and how they can help, volunteers will assemble and pack fruit or vegetable boxes that will be distributed to individuals in need.

Save Our Beach in Seal Beach  (Environment): Beaches are one of the few public places that are still free and available to everyone.  So as part of our civic duty, volunteers will not only remove trash and other debris that is harmful for our environment and sea life, but also learn how to truly recycle and repurpose these unwanted items.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County in Huntington Beach FULL (Education):Volunteers will read to students and the community about events surrounding the “Little Rock Nine”, fostering conversation and promoting civil rights and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This project is in partnership with the Huntington Beach Central Library & Cultural Center.

Sunday January 19th

Inside the Outdoors @ Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach FULL (Environment): Thanks to the generosity of Wells Fargo, Inside the Outdoors will host a Day of Service in honor of MLK Jr. where volunteers will help restore critical wetland habitat by planting native plants, clearing invasive plants, and learning about the importance of Upper Newport Bay.

Monday January 20th

Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove in Garden Grove FULL (Education): Volunteers will work with small groups (3-4 youth members), to assemble tactile books that will be donated to students at the Blind Children’s Learning Center. **

Children’s Health Initiative of Orange County at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana  FULL (Health & Wellness):  Volunteers will provide outreach for the “Affordable Care Act” by assisting with mailing services, which will give access to healthcare to families in need. **

Grandma’s House of Hope in Garden Grove  FULL (Safety Net): Volunteers will help sort donations at an outside storage facility and then pack food boxes that will be distributed to needy families. **

Kidworks in Santa Ana  FULL (Education): Volunteers will help sort donations at an outside storage facility and then pack food boxes that will be distributed to needy families. **

OC Community Housing Corporation in Buena Park FULL (Safety Net): Volunteers will paint garages and fences at one of our affordable housing units in Buena Park – tasks will include paint preparation work and general painting. The beautifying of low-income housing for OCCHC will help ease the workload of our staff, and improve the quality of life for the residents.

Orange County Food Bank in Garden Grove FULL (Safety Net): Volunteers will assemble and pack food boxes working side-by-side as a sign of unity and equality, which will be delivered to families and seniors in need throughout the Orange County community. **

Think Together in Santa Ana  FULL (Education): As part of the Book Doctor program, volunteers will repair, sort and label gently used children’s books that will distributed to children of the Early Literacy Program. **

Veterans First in Anaheim FULL (Safety Net): Volunteers will mow, rake, weed and pick fruit from the many fruit trees located on the grounds of the Veteran First Homes.


Partner Projects

ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY Orange County United Way is challenging the community to come together to help the next generation of Orange County children succeed by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health, and Housing. We are working to build a county we can all FACE. Orange County United Way is committed to leading the way, but we need you to join us on this journey. Over the next 10 years, we are going to help our community FACE the challenges confronting Orange County families and children. With your support, we can reach our goals in four key program areas:

EDUCATION: cut the high school dropout rate in half

INCOME: reduce poverty in Orange County, cutting the percentage of financially unstable families by 25 percent

HEALTH: increase the number of healthy youth by one-third, with a focus on childhood obesity prevention

HOUSING: cut the percentage of housing-insecure and homeless children in Orange County by half

Friday January 17, 2014 – Irvine (20 spots) 10:00am-2:30pm Safety Net (Income)…As part of the VITA Program, orientations are available for volunteer “Interpreters” and “Greeters”, who are needed to assist IRS certified volunteers for the 2013/14 Free Tax Prep campaign. Volunteers will be required to complete and pass the online Volunteer Standards of Conduct Training and Exam that will be presented both orientation times:

1. 10:00am-11:30am (10 spots) 2. 1:00pm-2:30pm (10 spots)

Click here to register.

**This indicates a OneOC partnership project that supports Orange County United Way’s FACE 2014 campaign


Become a Project Service Leader

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 held at OneOC, Santa Ana, CA 5:30pm – 6:30pm Want to be a leader in volunteer service? Sign up for our Project Leader training and learn how you can lead and inspire others on National MLK Day, Monday, January 20th and events throughout the year, hosted by OneOC. Click here to register.


Host Your Own Toolkit Project

Sign up to receive one of our project toolkits that you and your group can complete in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects include a local Food Donation drive, Diversity Discussions, as well as honoring our Local Heroes.

  • America’s Sunday Supper – Diversity Discussion
  • Team Kids – Youth LemonAid Stands
  • Orange County United Way – Welcome Home Kits
  • Western Youth Services – Food Drive
  • Blue Star Families – Letter Writing Campaign

Click here to register.


Post a Project & Join the Volunteer Movement!

If you are a current OneOC Nonprofit Member, and would like to host your own service project in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, contact Steven Weir, Veteran Leader Corps, at [email protected] or 714-953-5757 x 122. Not a member yet? Become a member today!


MLK Jr. Day of Service Sponsors:

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