Every January, for more than a decade, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center has brought thousands of area residents together for an afternoon of volunteer activities featured at its large-scale Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service event. However due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, for the second straight year, the event will be largely virtual and expanded to a week from Jan. 15-22. It will have a variety of home-based and safely distanced service opportunities available online at http://bit.ly/MoCoMLKDay.
The Volunteer Center’s 2022 MLK service event will offer residents of all ages the opportunity to honor the life and teachings of Dr. King by participating in one, or several, service projects that help others in the community.
Activities will include crafting coasters out of recycled magazines, making blankets for foster children and families in need, sending well wishes to seniors and veterans and creating paracord bracelets for members of the military and first responders. Montgomery County Public Schools students can earn student service learning (also known as SSL) hours for most projects except donations.
All event activities are free, but registration is required, and space is limited for some projects.
In addition to the Volunteer Center’s virtual MLK service activities, several partner agencies are coordinating service projects as home-based and a few onsite events. Find more information about them at http://bit.ly/MoCoMLKDay.
The Volunteer Center strives to improve the quality of life in Montgomery County by fostering a culture of volunteerism and service. The agency’s website at www.montgomeryserves.org connects community members in search of volunteer activities with nonprofits and government agencies in need of assistance.