Recognized as one of history’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work continues to inspire communities to come together and elevate doing good through service.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Every third Monday in January, good people across the country come together to lean into MLK’s legacy and observe the MLK Day of Service as a “day on,” rather than not a “day off.”

  1. Put Your Talents To Practice With Skilled Volunteering: To help fulfill their missions, nonprofits rely on support from volunteers year-round. That support can be in the form of single days of service, like MLK Day, or pro bono projects that tap into the talents of professionals.
  2. Help Protect And Restore Our Environment: While we know volunteering feels good, we now have data to prove its physical and emotional benefits. Study conducted with UnitedHealthcare found that three out of four adults feel physically healthier after volunteering, with nine in ten noting an improved mood.
  3. Become A Community Leader: Before his March on Washington, MLK’s movement for equality began at the local level — among his neighbors and community. Volunteering locally is a great way to meet new people, spark conversation and lean into MLK’s legacy. (“3 WAYS TO HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. THROUGH VOLUNTEERING| Basil Sadiq at Just Means”) 3 Ways to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through Volunteering – Giving Compass

Explore the links for below for service opportunities and Chicagoland MLK Day events 2024.

Service and Civic Engagement Opportunities | MLK Celebration | The University of Chicago (

15 Ways You Can Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day In Chicago This Year (

Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service | AmeriCorps  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.