2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

What is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service?


Every third Monday of January, the U.S. observes a holiday to honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day was established by U.S. Congress in 1994 to encourage Americans to take a "day on," not a "day off." The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service encourages Americans to participate in a form of service or community engagement for the day.


PBS Documentary

"How did MLK Jr. Get a Holiday?"

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Community Opportunities in Durham, NC


Service opportunities for those within Durham, North Carolina for the week of Monday, January 16th to Saturday, January 21st, 2023.


Durham YMCA x Keep Durham Beautiful

Join the Durham YMCA in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful to clean up one (1) square mile of the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, NC.


Book Harvest's MLK Day Book Drive

Honor the MLK Day of Service by participating in the Book Harvest's "Dream Big" Book Drive: part book-drive, part volunteer event.


Keep Durham Beautiful | Week of Events

Help keep Durham beautiful with litter and community clean-up on Monday, January 16th, and later in the week for those unavailable on Monday.



Become a Mentor


Mentorship is service; one of the best ways to serve the community is with your time. For those able to become mentors or to volunteer their time, let today be the push into volunteering with a mentoring organization near you.

Those in the Durham, NC area can view the Bull City Online Resource guide to find youth mentoring programs with which to get into contact.



Interested in learning more about mentoring and how to become a mentor? View our carefully compiled resources on navigating mentoring relationships.


Stay Up-to-Date

Continue to stay involved by following YMC's blog and news. YMC's blog features our thoughts on monthly themes, community happenings, and internal news.



Want to get involved beyond one day of service? Learn more about how you can get participate in your community through advocacy.