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10 Ways to Give Back on MLK Day

During this MLK Weekend, there are different things you can do to help the community..

This Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which means no school or work for some of us lucky individuals. However, it is also the MLK Day of Service, which is a part of United We Serve and President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative. Here are 10 ways you can impact your community and neighbors and make MLK Day more than just a day off:

1. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen or Food Pantry – Give your time by helping those in need of a warm meal by volunteering at a soup kitchen. Some soup kitchens even have food pantries available for you to donate items. A lot of times during the holidays soup kitchens get a lot of volunteers, so keep that in mind and have a back up site if necessary. Don’t know where any are? You can do a super quick online search of “Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry + Your Town Name” or check your local Yellow Pages to find a soup kitchen in your area.

2. Visit your local retirement/nursing home – Go spend time with the elderly and maybe you can learn a little about history. Nursing homes love for volunteers to come in and participate in assisting in dances, card games and bingo nights. Spending this quality time with the patrons provides them with the experience of feeling like they are at home.

3. Clean your local park – What better way to enjoy the weather (if you live in the warmer parts, lucky you) and do community service than by going to your local park? Go around and pick up trash and help keep them clean and beautiful.

4. Become a mentor – Reach out to someone who needs some extra motivation and provide them with some guidance. Who knows? Your advice might be their saving grace while they try to get through tough times.

5. Tutor – Know a kid who is having a rough time at school? Sit down with them and help with any questions they might have and hopefully they’ll learn a thing or two from you.

6. Volunteer with Habitat For Humanity– Always wanted to know what it was like to help build a house? Well, you can be a part of providing homes for people in troubled areas by working with Habitat For Humanity! Find out how you can get involved here.

7. Donate blood – The American Red Cross is always looking for people who are willing to provide some of their blood to people in need. Help save a life.

8. Donate clothes to Goodwill – Have any extra clothes that you need to part with? Why don’t you take them down to your local Goodwill, where they would be glad to take them off your hands. Find your local Goodwill here.

9. Walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash – Clean the streets by picking up trash and broken, glass but make sure you are safe while doing so.

10. Do your homework – Various community organizations will also be out doing projects across the country. Check with your local sorority and fraternity chapters, churches, support groups, and etc. to see what they are up to this weekend.

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Click here to Find a Project going on in your area and have a GREAT, PRODUCTIVE MLK DAY!