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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 our community, here are three local volunteer opportunities:

  • Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity | Sign up as an individual or group and help build a house for a family in need.
  • Gleaners Food Bank | This Feeding America member food bank puts over 2 million pounds of food on Hoosiers’ plates every month, thanks to its volunteers. You can hand out food directly to your fellow Indy residents, sort donated food and more during your shift.
  • Horizon House | Become a life-long community advocate for your Hoosier neighbors experiencing homelessness by working in the donation center, landscaping, or lending a hand in the kitchen.

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