MLK Day of Service

“Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Join JVC and the wider community and help move forward Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community on this national day of service. Volunteers from across Baltimore will engage in hands-on volunteer projects and inspiring educational opportunities that will impact our beloved community not just on this holiday, but year-round.

MLK Day Community Event

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Community Event
Monday, January 20th
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Join the wider community as volunteers come together to participate in Service-Learning experiences with guest speakers and facilitators, as well as participate in hand’s on volunteering.

Volunteer Restrictions: Educational opportunities are geared towards Elementary School age to Adult.


Sunday, January 19th 

MLK Day Learning with Repair the World
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Creative Alliance – 3134 Eastern Ave, 21224
Education remains the single most important civil rights issue of our time. Join Repair The World Baltimore at the Creative Alliance to commemorate the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of fighting for racial justice with a documentary screening and discussion about the inequality in Baltimore City Public Schools. We will view the 2017 documentary Teach Us All, hear from a panel of local experts about their experience with educational inequity, and pack mid-year school supply restock kits for middle schoolers in West Baltimore.
Volunteer Restrictions: Geared towards young adults in their 20s and 30s.


Serve Dinner at The Helping Up Mission PROJECT FULL
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
1029 East Baltimore Street, 21202
Volunteers are needed to help Serve a meal for the clients of The Helping Up Mission.  The Helping Up Mission is both a long-term residential recovery program and an overnight shelter for men in need.
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be 14+, with a parent if under 18

Monday, January 20th

Neighborhood Clean-up with The 6th Branch
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1911 E Oliver Street, 21213
Volunteers will be assisting in a range of activities across many locations in the Broadway East community that will include overgrowth removal, minor demolition, and other projects.
Volunteer Restrictions: This is a family event, but parents must supervise their children.


Live with Purpose at the Downtown Baltimore JCC PROJECT FULL
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1118 Light Street, Suite D, 21230
Join us in assembling Kindness Kits, which will provide basic essential items to people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will be creating bags filled with toiletries and food to give out around town. Kindness Kits are meant to support those in your community you encounter in your everyday life, focusing on the Jewish value of Lo ta’amod – Take Action!
Volunteer Restrictions: While the DBJCC is geared towards children under 5, this project is open to all ages!

Bedtime in a Box PROJECT FULL
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1794 Union Ave., 21211
Volunteers are needed to sort pajamas, assemble boxes, and manage inventory for Bedtime in a Box.
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteer must be 12+

Sort Supplies at Leveling the Playing Field PROJECT FULL
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1794 Union Ave, 21211
Volunteers are needed to help sort supplies at Leveling the Playing Field, an organization that gives underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports.
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be 5+

Beth Tfiloh BT Cares Social Action, Jewish Volunteer Connection, and PJ Library Present… A Morning of Mitzvot!
10:00 am – 11:00 am
3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208
Join us as we read a book about mitzvot and then make picture frames for the less fortunate!
Our frames will be donated to the Front Door program in Baltimore, which helps homeless families become self-sufficient. Light Kosher snacks will be served. Register for this event by Wednesday, January 15.
Volunteer Restrictions: Project and book are geared towards preschoolers and their families.


PlayDate Together at Springwell Senior Living
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2211 W Rogers Ave, 21209
Geared toward families with young children (3 months- preschool), PlayDate Together is a multi-generational interactive program that brightens senior citizens’ days through sing-alongs, books, and more at Springwell Senior Living.
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers should have a child between 3 months – preschool


Serve Lunch at Beans and Bread PROJECT FULL
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
402 S Bond Street, 21231
Volunteers are needed to serve a lunch for the clients of Beans and Bread, a homeless day resource program that serves 300 people daily.
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be 13+ with guardian

MLK Day Service with Repair the World
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
UA House – 1000 East Fayette Street
Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day ON instead of a day off, by meeting up with Repair The World Baltimore at the UA House Powered by Living Classrooms Foundation for Game Day!! Volunteers will act as “camp counselors” for the day, leading and facilitating activities for students who have the day off from school in different classroom spaces under the supervision Living Classrooms’ staff. Activities will consist of a variety of sports, visual art, yoga/mindfulness, dance, and music. Volunteers can also bring their own skills to lead activities as well!
Volunteer Restrictions: Geared towards young adults in their 20s and 30s.


Pack Diapers at ShareBaby PROJECT FULL
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
1792 Union Ave, 21211
Volunteers will join ShareBaby at their warehouse to help wrap diapers and sort gear! Volunteering with ShareBaby is a great way to spend some time giving back to children in need in Baltimore.
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be 6+

Serve Dinner at Weinberg Housing and Resource Center 
4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
620 Fallsway, 21202
Volunteers are needed to help serve dinner for the clients of Weinberg Housing and Resource Center.  WHRC is an emergency shelter that provides homeless services to over 275 men and women each night in the city of Baltimore.
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be 14+


Thank you to our 2020 MLK Day of Service Sponsors and Partners!