How to Give Back this MLK Day!
Virtually and In-Person Volunteer Opportunities



This Monday, January 17th, marks the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Philadelphia. Given the spike in COVID cases, things will look somewhat different but that doesn't mean as a community we can't volunteer. In fact, you can give back right from the comfort of your own home. 

The theme of 2022’s Day of Service is “Combating Racism and Building Community,” with a focus on five specific issues: health justice, voting rights, gun violence, early literacy, and living wage jobs.

Here are a few ways you can roll-up your sleeves and help this MLK Holiday: 

African American Museum in Philadelphia: January 14-17

The African American Museum in Philadelphia and Citizens invite audiences to join them for a full weekend of enriching, fun, inspirational, family-friendly activities celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More Info.

Bartram's Garden: January 17

Volunteers will assist Bartram’s Garden staff in collecting trash and debris throughout the site. A small group of volunteers will assist in the greenhouses with pot sanitation to prepare for spring plantings. More Info.

Eastern State Penitentiary: January 17

Join Eastern State Penitentiary in person or online for a free, hybrid program commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail.” More Info

National Constitution Center: January 17

Stop by the National Constitution Center and enjoy readings of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, a family-friendly concert, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You can also donate pens, pencils, crayons, copy paper, hand sanitizer, folders and age-appropriate books to the museum’s school-supplies drive supporting the School District of Philadelphia. More Info

National Liberty Museum: January 15-17

Hear from Urban Creators Farm Manager Shawn Brody as he shares his personal journey in sustainable living and take home your own DIY water filter. All events are free with admission. More Info

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Kids ages of 5-12 can spend their day off learning about and creating environmentally friendly art, and participating in a service project honoring Martin Luther King Jr. More Info. 


Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?