MLK Day of Service Opportunities in Kansas City

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Monday, January 16 marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is a National Day of Service. Organizations around the Kansas City metro are hosting service opportunities for local families to participate in. Some have age restrictions but many are open to all ages. If participating in a service project is not possible, consider shopping together for items to donate to Harvesters or another local organization.

Cross-Lines Community Outreach Day of Service

Families will create 150 impact kits for individuals experiencing homelessness and 150 celebration kits for their community market. Details and sign up can be found here.

Day of Service at Central Middle School

Volunteers will be assigned to a service project at registration. Projects include mural painting, canvas painting, cleaning and organizing. Kids must be 11 or older and come with an adult.

Day of Service at Kansas City YMCA Locations

Visit one of the following YMCA locations on Monday, January 16 to participate in a service project.

Cleaver Family YMCA from 9 a.m. – noon.

Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter Sr., Community Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

North Kansas City YMCA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library Hygiene Product Drive

Between January 3-12, 2023, visit any Kansas City Public Library location and bring supplies to drop off in dedicated boxes. See list of requested travel size products here. Hygiene kits will be assembled for the local unhoused community.

MLK Weekend of Serving with Church of the Resurrection

On January 14 and 16 there are many opportunities for families to serve the Kansas City community at locations around the metro. Check out the sign-up genius for more information about specific projects and to sign up. There are also suggested at-home DIY service opportunities that might be a better fit for families with young children.

Olathe Public Library Day of Service

Visit either of the Olathe library branches to participate in a family-friendly service project.

Downtown Library from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Indian Creek Location from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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