Got Martin Luther King Jr. Day off this Monday? Good, now go volunteer in D.C. After all, in 1994, Congress officially designated this federal holiday as a national day of service.
Here’s a round-up of some local service opportunities that are still taking volunteers for this three-day weekend, in case you haven’t already made plans.
- Warm Up, DC: Meridian International Center and its Global Service Leaders will lead a service project Monday in the U Street corridor where volunteers will collect, donate, and share items that Martha’s Table will distribute to those in need. There will also be all sorts of “pop-up” service projects occurring along the corridor, between 14th and 16th streets NW.
- Trash Removal From Rock Creek Park: Petworth Citizen Action is leading the event and, in addition to cleaning the park, organizers will speak about the legacy of MLK and talk about the need to conserve the city’s watershed.
- First Steps to Full Democracy: DC Vote is teaming up with the D.C. Board of Elections for First Steps to Full Democracy for a voter registration drive this Saturday in Eastern Market.
- Random Acts of Black Doll Kindness: Bring two toy black dolls to Pentagon City this Saturday and join a group as they go through the mall randomly surprising kids with the toys.
- Native Forest Restoration: Volunteers will clear invasive plants from a forested area at the Mt. Airy Mansion Greenhouse in Rosaryville State Park on Monday.
- Glover Archbold Park: Rock Creek Conservancy will lead volunteers in removing English ivy from trees, picking up litter from the woods and clearing the two meadows from invasive plant species. There’s plenty of available slots for volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, but organizers say Monday is filling up fast.
Photo by Lydia DePillis