2024 MLK Day Events

Central - Region One

Lansing Eastside Community Engagement. This project includes several activities from painting the neighborhood center, distributing the center’s newsletter and starting seedlings for the greenhouse.

Southeast - Region 2S

MLK Resource Fair & Board Up Event. AmeriCorps members along with community volunteers will board up and clean up blighted properties in Detroit and host a community wellness event that includes distributing healthy food, cooking demonstrations, air quality resources and exercise activities.

Northeast – Region Seven

Bridging Generations. Youth will write the life stories for residents at Turning Brook Senior Center. To help the Caregivers learn about the residents’ lives, youth will organize an event that highlights the seniors past contributions and personal accomplishments such as military service, careers, and family life for each senior to help caregivers build more personal connections with those they are providing care.

West – Region Six

Cherry Health AmeriCorps members and volunteers will pack 2400 Supper Packs for the Kids’ Food Basket, a local organization that provides food for children experiencing food insecurity.

Northeast – Region Seven

The YouthWorks Conservation Corps will serve at Reining Liberty Ranch to do a deep cleaning in the barns for the therapy animals. The farm serves veterans, military, youth and families to provide animal assisted therapy and serves as a local center for environmental stewardship events.

Southeast - Region 2S

Volunteers will host learning events for youth that include expressing themselves through art, music and poetry while learning about MLK. Youth will present their music and dance ability by putting on a community presentation that includes lessons on equity and inclusion.

Central - Region One

Military blankets for our Veterans. Volunteers will sew and knit military themed blankets for veterans in hospice to honor their service to our country at the end of their lives.

West – Region Six

Volunteers to Support VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program). This project will have volunteers canvasing neighborhoods to inform 2,500 households about free tax assistance.

Southeast - Region 2S

The Honey Creek Community School will host a MLK Service Day event to ensure all residents, families, and students have the ability to serve. The event will feature stations where individuals can share their skills and can participate in multiple service projects to create needed items that will be donated to local organizations.

Northeast – Region Seven

The Suicide Prevention and Awareness Project is a multi-approach learning program targeted to bring awareness and prevention measures to adults and youth. The program will be held in Benzie County for local educators and students. Incorporated into the presentations, volunteers will engage in a social media campaign to spread awareness and details on available resources.

Southeast - Region 2N

Birthday Party Bags for Children in Foster Care. 150 youth will create birthday bags for youth in foster care. Bags will contain gifts and all the essentials for a birthday party, from cake mix, candles and party favors.

East – Region Three

Mott’s Office of Experiential Learning and two student organizations (Phi Theta Kappa and the Black Student Union) will host an afternoon of No-Sew blanket making for two local shelters.

Southeast - Region 2S

The MLK Day Leap for Literacy Project will promote literacy through reading and writing, and building libraries at two facilities which house vulnerable populations, Naomi’s Nest shelter for women and Villa at the Park nursing home.

Southeast - Region 2S

Peace Tree Parks and Say Play Detroit will develop a garden onsite at a school. Youth will learn about gardening through a curriculum with age appropriate lessons to educate youth about gardening and the benefits of growing food.

All Regions

The T Rose Foundation will host a state-wide virtual event where youth participate in a writing activity with professional writers to express what the MLK dream means to them.

West – Region Six

Soup for the Soul. Volunteers will create dried soup packets for a food pantry on MLK Day.

East – Region Three

Youth Shelter Comforts. Youth will organize a drive on behalf of the Good Samaritan Shelter to collect comfort items for youth who are experiencing homelessness. The youth volunteers will fill backpacks with collected items and paint a bookcase for the shelter to store the comfort bags.

8 Upper Peninsula

Show Me the Money event will be held to help local of residents of all ages to access resources and information to build economic security and improve financial literacy. The event is hosted by the local united way with help from youth from Malcolm High School.

West – Region Six

Generations Over Dinner will be a multi-faceted volunteer opportunity that honors Dr. King by fostering a sense of constructive action, civic participation, and belonging while combating the corrosive effects of hate on our democracy and safety. Generations Over Dinner is a global initiative to create meaningful multi-generational experiences and conversations.

Southeast - Region 2S

Volunteers will be packing lunches for St. Aloysius Homeless Outreach program. Volunteers can also participate in a coat and personal care items drive for Redford Interfaith Relief.

East – Region Three

Zeta Beta Zeta’s Dove Project. The Dove Project will provide companionship, home cleaning and small repair projects for seniors. The project will also have volunteers create a gift basket for each senior with items made by members and volunteers to bring comfort to homebound seniors.